Trump to announce decision on global climate deal

"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord", Trump said during a White House Rose Garden announcement.

That's what the top House Democrat is calling President Donald Trump's expected decision to pull the US from a historic climate agreement.

A U.S. decision to withdraw from the accord could further alienate American allies in Europe already wary of Trump and call into question USA leadership and trustworthiness on one of the world's leading issues.

Cities across the country and around the world are showing their support for the Paris Agreement by going green.

Many said because of cheap natural gas that displaces coal and growing adoption of renewable energy sources, it is unlikely that the USA would stop reducing its carbon pollution even if it abandoned the accord, so the effect would likely be smaller.

"While it may be hoped that the good work being done on U.S. emissions reductions by states, cities, businesses, and individuals will continue, the reduction of federal support for [research and development] on clean and efficient energy, the abandonment or weakening of federal regulations aimed at reducing emissions, and the (continuing) refusal to put a price on carbon emissions, despite the recommendations of leading Republicans from past administrations, will make it extremely hard to meet the emissions-reduction targets to which the United States committed itself in Paris", John Holdren, Obama's former science and technology adviser and now a professor at Harvard University, said in an email.

The United States, under former President Barack Obama, had committed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. "If we can't, that's fine", he said.

But Merkel, whose country hosts this year's global climate summit, said it was now time to look ahead.

The president could also announce that he will begin formally pulling out of the accord outright - a process that would take three-and-a-half years under the standard cooling-off period for new global treaties.

Worldwide leaders began reacting to the reports of Trump's plans.

That came after sharp words from the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel who said Trump had "weakened the west" with "short sightened" policies.

"There is a much stronger expectation from our partners across the world, from Africa, Asia and China, that Europe should assume leadership in this effort and we are ready to do that", Sefcovic added.

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He said solar power grew 50 percent a year ago, with China and the United States in the lead, and in both those countries "new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries".

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said a U.S. withdrawal would be a big setback, adding that "we must find partners to continue, because this work must not stop".

Already, reports that Trump could withdraw the United States from the agreement were causing waves today. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police United States carbon emissions.

The Agreement called on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. Mead has said multiple times that though he has reservations about climate science and its tie to fossil fuel emissions, the state must plan for a market that believes the two are linked.

President Trump however, has sided with the 22 Republican senators who reportedly urged him May 25 via a letter to leave the Paris Climate Change Accord.

The world has already warmed by just over half that amount - with about one-fifth of the past heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions coming from the United States, usually from the burning of coal, oil and gas.

"Then, we must find partners to continue, because this work must not stop", Sipila said.

A White House official says Trump's expected to withdraw the United States from the landmark agreement. A source told Reuters that India had also indicated it would stick by the deal. He has repeatedly promised to strengthen the coal industry. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers on the issue.

Trump aides including Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, lawyer Don McGahn and Peter Navarro, along with EPA chief Pruitt, argued hard for leaving the accord.

Droughts and dry spells will last longer, while natural disasters like floods and hurricanes will be even more destructive, he said.

As a result of Trump's environmental policies, it has been clear that it would be impossible to honour the Obama Administration's Paris pledge.

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