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France, Italy, Germany defend Paris Accord, say can not be renegotiated

France, Italy, Germany defend Paris Accord, say can not be renegotiated

"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord", Trump said during a White House Rose Garden announcement. CBS News has learned the president has told his advisors he will withdraw the US from the agreement.

Abandoning the pact would isolate the US from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations. "I'm hearing from a lot of people", Trump told journalists in the Oval Office in response to questions about the agreement. "No responsible leader can put the workers of their own country at a debilitating disadvantage", Mr. Trump said".

Citing senior US officials familiar with Trump's plan, several USA mainstream media reported Wednesday morning that Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris Accord adopted by 196 nations in 2015. "Thanks to President Donald Trump, America is back", said Vice President Mike Pence to applause.

China and the European Union are set to issues a statement at a high-level meeting in Brussels committing to implement the climate deal, in a effort to bolster the pact as Trump appears set to abandon it.

Gov. Jay Inslee tweeted a statement Wednesday, saying Washington has always led the way on climate change. And though the majority of Americans support remaining in the agreement, according to a recent poll, in the end Trump sided with advisors like Scott Pruitt and Steve Bannon, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Yes, it's possible to remain in the agreement and just fail to meet any of its terms.

UK PM Theresa May's Conservatives see poll lead narrow again
Sterling has since recovered slightly but is still below where it was before the poll was released. The Scottish National Party (SNP), meanwhile, is polling at four percent.

Germany's Angela Merkel, who in the past has been dubbed the "climate chancellor" for her efforts to fight global warming, said her country would "continue to fulfill our obligations under the Paris climate agreement as part of the European framework".

China is the top emitter of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, and the United States is second.

He said the US would "cease all implementation" of the accord, under which his predecessor Barack Obama had voluntarily agreed to reduce emissions by about 1.45 billion tonnes by 2025. "It's not a hoax - the science is clear on climate change". "And that definitely is not to his or the GOP's advantage", said political expert Stu Rothenberg.

Trump has said the accord would cost the United States economy trillions of dollars without tangible benefit. Climate change is unstoppable.

The treaty aims to prevent global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

"The potential number of jobs you can create in fossil fuels is limited, while the potential number of jobs in green technologies - in principle the sky is the limit", says Bart van Ark, chief economist at the Conference Board, a business research group. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has said combating climate change is "absolutely critical" to the world's future, and Blackstone's Stephen Schwarzman funds scholarships to fight it, but former GE head Jack Welch believes former president Barack Obama's focus on combating climate change was "radical behavior" and holding back the USA economy.


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