President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.
In a letter sent hours before Trump was due to announce on Thursday whether the US would pull out of the accord, the five leaders say the effects of global warming are already visible in all parts of our planet.
The decision fulfills a key promise Trump made on the campaign trail and overturns a major accomplishment by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Since taking office on January 20, Trump has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal - reflecting the different currents within his administration, both on climate change but also on the wider issue of America's role in the world and its position on multilateralism.
Whatever their opportunistic salesmanship at the moment, this clearly is still the goal of the treaty's supporters and a reason why Trump should get out while the getting is good.
"The U.S.is already leading the world in energy production and doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers", it reads. The idea that 194 other countries will listen to Trump's insulting Rose Garden blather and say, "Sure, let's sit down and negotiate a new deal" is ridiculous.
When asked on Tuesday whether Trump believes human activity is contributing to climate change, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, "Honestly, I haven't asked him that". What's more, the U.S. is pacing to hit peak carbon emissions in 2030, when experts say measures to mitigate damage to the ozone layer will be too little too late.
While Trump is leaning toward exiting the pact, according to people familiar with the White House deliberations, the situation remained fluid amid intense last-minute lobbying. Several of his top aides have opposed the action, too, as has his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has in the past even been dubbed the "climate chancellor" for her efforts to fight global warming, welcomed Li's remarks at their joint press conference. Former President Barack Obama had agreed to reduce the USA green house gas emissions to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 or about 1.6 billion tons.
It takes at least a year and possibly up to 3½ years for a nation to withdraw from the pact. World leaders pledged Thursday to keep up the fight against global warming and urged Donald Trump to be part of that effort, hours before the U.S. While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the Vatican.
"Pope Francis' encyclical letter Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" was timed", he said, "to urge the nations of the world to work together in Paris for an agreement that protects our people and our planet.
A person familiar with Trump's thinking said the President was convinced he needed to withdraw from the pact, and there was little chance of talking his out of it. In fact, he said, sea level rise caused by unchecked climate change could mean that cities like his "will cease to exist". Paul described the action as "great news for the economy" that "could save as many as 6 million U.S.jobs". Calculations suggest withdrawal could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.