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Leaving Paris accord will harm USA global influence — United Nations leader

Leaving Paris accord will harm USA global influence — United Nations leader

European leaders lobbied Trump to stick with the agreement during the G7 summit in late May, but Axios reported Saturday that Trump had privately told confidantes he would withdraw from the accord. It would then take another year before the USA could formally pull out of the agreement - meaning that the United States could remain in the Paris pact until the next presidential election.

But on Tuesday, he threw the equivalent of a last-minute "Hail Mary" pass during a speech at New York University - making the case for the United States to remain committed to the Paris climate accord in terms that he hoped would change Trump's mind, by warning of a drop in the US's global influence if it pulls out of the agreement.

"Ultimately, he wants a fair deal for the American people and he will have an announcement coming on that shortly", Spicer said. But he indicated that was hardly a priority. "If we can, great".

Responding to questions, he said: "We believe that it would be important for the United States not to leave the Paris agreement".

Scientists say that Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the USA retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

The White House indicated it would follow the lengthy exit process outlined in the deal.

According to the agreement, a party that has fully joined the accord, as the United States has, can not formally withdraw for three years after the date of joining - and that is then capped by an extra year-long waiting period. "We believe that it will be important for the U.S. not to leave the Paris agreement". But he was also breaking from many of America's staunches allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision.

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

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons. But the targets were voluntary, meaning the USA and the almost 200 other nations in the agreement could alter their commitments.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties in Paris in 2015 and it went into effect in November.

Twenty-five major US tech companies, including Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL) and Alphabet (GOOGL) subsidiary Google are putting their names on a full page ad in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, which says the Paris Agreement is good for business.

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The back-and-forth in the Trump Administration over whether to stay part of the Paris agreement has triggered an outpouring of opinion and lobbying, perhaps most of all from corporate America, which has strongly supported the accord.

After sitting down with two dozen climate scientists and analyzing a computer model of the potential scenario, The Associated Press found that a lack of USA participation in the Paris Agreement would make it more hard to stop Earth from crossing into a unsafe temperature threshold.

Abandoning the pact was one of Trump's principal campaign pledges.

"It also makes the U.S. an outlier among the world's nations, almost all of whom support the climate change accord", it said.

Friends of the Earth's chief executive Craig Bennett said the organisation would campaign against any trade deal with the U.S. if it "turns its back on its global responsibility to tackle climate change".

The letter is signed "Your Nordic Friends" and urges Trump "to show global leadership - and to make the right decision".

"A stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future". Top White House aides have been divided. During Trump's speech, the faint sounds of protesters could be heard in the distance banging drums. A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Investors seemed pleased, with stock prices, already up for the day, bumping higher as he spoke.

"It will take years for the U.S.to formally withdraw from the Paris deal".

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded in a television interview Sunday, assuring that Trump was "wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord".

Environmental advocates and scientists had hoped the summit would provide a stage for Boston to showcase its efforts to curb carbon emissions and defend its coastal areas from rising seas, as well as learn about climate change initiatives from China and from other cities. But the country set aside $360 billion for renewable energy investment over the next four years and, in January, canceled plans for 103 new coal-fired power plants.


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