Official says Trump expected to pull US from Paris deal

Delia Watkins
June 2, 2017

CHINA said on Thursday it will stick to the Paris climate deal as the world awaited an announcement by US President Donald Trump on whether to keep the United States in the global pact to fight climate change.

Mr Trump vowed during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president, as part of an effort to bolster USA oil and coal industries.

To discuss the possibilities of the USA leaving the Paris Climate accord, CGTN's Elaine Reyes spoke with Tao Zhang, managing director of the green innovation and investment firm, Dao Ventures.

The Axios website was first to report Trump's decision was made, citing two sources with knowledge of the matter, while other media including CNN, CBS, ABC and Politico reported the White House was expected to announce a withdrawal once details of the process have been worked out.

Quitting the Paris accord may not resonate with members of Trump's Republican Party as much as his administration expects.

Almost 200 countries are signed on to the Paris Accord to stem climate change.

While not mentioning the U.S.by name, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that climate change is a "global challenge" that no country can ignore.

If Trump does decide to pull out, he has a number of options.

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Under Obama, Washington had pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025. General Electric, for instance, plans to invest $25 billion in clean technology research and development by 2020.

"Considering that the U.S.is one of the largest carbon polluters in the world, this decision will have the disastrous consequences", Maysmith said in a statement.

Cruz said in return for crippling American economy, the Paris Agreement would do next to nothing to impact global temperatures.

The Paris Agreement was in part brokered by Obama and was seen as a major breakthrough after the previous accord, the Kyoto protocol, failed to include the United States and China, the world's two biggest polluters. The agreement stipulates a three-year waiting period before a country can give notice of leaving.

Musk has been an outspoken advocate of climate change action since being appointed on the President's manufacturing advisory council earlier this year.

Any increase in USA emissions will mean the world will be far less likely to keep to the goal of limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius.

Months later, in March 2017, it was reported Ivanka and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the president of the "damaging diplomatic ramifications" of stepping away from the Paris climate change treaty.

Musk has said he's raised climate issues with the White House before, but that despite these efforts, he's come under fire for his willingness to engage with the Trump administration.

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