White House delays meeting on Paris climate deal

White House advisers postpone Paris climate deal meetingMore

White House advisers postpone Paris climate deal meetingMore

Trump and his top climate and economic aids will kick-off discussions in earnest on Tuesday in the US, a senior administration official said, adding that "they are meeting tomorrow at 1.30 pm".

What is the Paris Agreement?

While the new Trump administration decides what to do, the Chinese foreign ministry quoted Xi as telling his French counterpart, newly-elected Emmanuel Macron, in a phone call that the two countries "should protect the achievements of global governance, including the Paris Agreement". Afterwards protesters will gather outside the EPA for a rally and then will block the building's entrances.

Uncertainty over America's future in the climate-rescue Paris Agreement loomed large over United Nations talks that opened in Bonn on Monday to work out the nuts and bolts of implementing the hard-fought global deal.

The Paris Agreement's Article 4 says any nation can adjust its goals at any time "with a view to enhancing its ambition".

"Global investors are eager to open their wallets to a low-carbon future, but it won't happen without clear, stable policy signals from countries worldwide - in particular, the United States government, whose waffling on the Paris Climate agreement is hugely troubling".

It would also wreck Trump's careful diplomacy with China, which the White House wants on-side to tackle North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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It was the latest sign of the Israeli right's growing disenchantment with Trump after having rejoiced in his election. The Palestinian Territories are a mess, but there is little a hypothetical agreement with Israel can do about that.

Hundreds of protesters gathered Tuesday in front of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., with alarm clocks to "wake up" President Donald Trump to the climate crisis, as the Trump administration is expected to decide soon whether to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters of the new timeline Tuesday.

Commenting on the survey, John Coequyt, global climate policy director of environmental group the Sierra Club, said: "It should never have been a question of if the United States should stay in the Paris Agreement, as it is clear that the American people and the world will accept nothing less than the U.S. delivering on its worldwide climate commitments in full".

But the White House said no decision would be announced until after Trump returns from the G7 summit of leaders from the world's leading economies at the end of May in Sicily. Therefore, if the USA doesn't hit its promise to the world under Obama, global emissions will keep growing to 2030 at least (assuming other nations do not pitch in with far deeper cuts than proposed so far, deep enough to offset the U.S.'s failure to contribute).

Even fossil fuel giants including Shell and ExxonMobil are expressing support for the Paris agreement in the lead up to the administration's decision, with the latter calling it "an effective framework for addressing climate change".

"They have said that their position is under review, but this doesn't stop their commitments as a party to the process".

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