EU President warns Trump against Paris climate deal exit

EU President warns Trump against Paris climate deal exit

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk threatened Wednesday to resign his position as an adviser to President Donald Trump if the United States withdraws from the Paris climate deal, a remark that highlights Trump's precarious position in a high-stakes worldwide standoff.

Trump, who has called climate change a "hoax", will announce his decision on the Paris accord at 3:00 p.m. ET.

While not mentioning the U.S.by name, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that climate change is a "global challenge" that no country can ignore.

The Trump administration has already made clear that it does not value expertise, and its proposed budget would make it more hard for the U.S.to possess and develop information that ought to inform our collective response to this pressing issue. Don't forget. It's not even man-made climate change.

Carbon dioxide stays in the air for 100 years and about one-fifth of what's accumulated in the atmosphere over the last century came from the United States, more than any other country. To pull out of Paris but keep the United States involved in the broader UNFCCC process would take more than three years, but withdrawing from the entire framework would be easier-though the backlash for doing so could be even stronger.Global leaders began reacting to the reports of Trump's plans.

Under the Paris Accord, almost 200 nations agreed in 2015 to voluntarily cut greenhouse gas emissions in a landmark agreement to fight climate change. If the US does leave, he said, the Europe Union should seek ways to balance out the economic advantage that USA companies might have from the absence of climate regulations.

The Trump administration could withdraw from the entire United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an global treaty ratified by the US Senate and signed by President George H.W. Bush in the 1990s. Every nation signed on minus two: war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, which insists the deal isn't tough enough.

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"Australia has commitments and we are sticking to those", Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said last night.

"The EU and China consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever", the draft statement says, and "commit to significantly intensify their political, technical, economic and scientific cooperation on climate change and clean energy".

The official has insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

Donald Trump listens to the prime minister of Belgium during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"A thriving economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are compatible by focusing on new technology, investing in renewable fuel sources, and increasing our energy efficiency".

The United States is the world's second biggest carbon emitter, after China.

"If the president wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks", they said.

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