President Donald Trump sat with the Vietnamese President in the White House Wednesday and refused to answer a reporter's question about whether he still thought climate change is a hoax. The Sierra Club said a US withdrawal from the Paris deal would be a "historic mistake".
Syria and Nicaragua are the only countries in the United Nations group that are not signatories. "But I hope that we can use our relationship with President Trump and our close relationship with the United States to try and influence, to try to make sure that they nevertheless take the right step", Rudd said.
Trump's daughter, Ivanka, favors staying in, the official said, and has sought to ensure her father heard all sides in the debate.
The executives are trying to capitalize on Trump's "America first" ideology by warning that a withdrawal would put the United States at a disadvantage in a global race to develop and deploy clean-energy technology, potentially ceding that market opportunity to China, the world's top emitter of greenhouse gas emissions.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump was working out terms of the planned withdrawal with US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, an oil industry ally and climate change doubter. The U.S. has agreed to reduce its emissions by 2025 to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels about 1.6 billion tons.
Advocates of the climate deal pressured Trump, who has changed his mind on large decisions before even after signaling a move in the opposite direction. "U.S. companies are well positioned to lead in these markets".
Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to withdraw the US from the pact immediately after taking office, but had wavered on the issue since winning the election. Exxon had made that case in a recent letter to the White House, he said. Trump, who campaigned against the agreement as a jobs killer, said he is listening to "a lot of people both ways" but promised a decision "very soon".
USA coal company shares slumped on Wednesday alongside renewable energy stocks. The PPL shareholder proposal notes that 60 percent of PPL's power generation relies on coal and the company is the seventh largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the U.S. PPL, however, says its carbon emissions have been reduced 50 percent since it spun off its generation business into Talen Energy. And I think this president is looking at this and saying, I'm here as the President of the United States.
A United States pullout could have sweeping implications.
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At a conference near Los Angeles, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who Trump defeated in the 2016 presidential election, said withdrawing would be a mistake.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning: "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".
But Paul D. Craney, executive director of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, said of Walsh's climate change agenda, "The mayor should really consider what's the best use of his limited city funds to deal with global climate change prevention".
U.S. allies rallied behind the Paris accord on Wednesday. "Mr. Trump believes that because he doesn't know the details".
The European Union and China indicated they would press ahead with the deal, regardless of USA participation. In a statement backed by all 28 EU states, the European Union and China will commit to full implementation of the accord, EU and Chinese officials said.
Trump has said the accord would cost the United States economy trillions of dollars without tangible benefit. For the Republican president, a withdrawal would reflect his "America First" approach to policy, unencumbered by global obligations.
The Sierra Club said a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris deal would be a "historic mistake". "It looks like that attempt failed, " Juncker said.
Kammen, who adds that pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord would hurt the United States' worldwide standing and put the US economy at a disadvantage behind China and other countries investing in clean energy technology.