USA to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord

With President Donald Trump hours away from announcing his decision over whether to keep the U.S.in the worldwide deal on global warming, Dudley reiterated BP's backing of the accord and said the shift to cleaner fuels is already in train. He said the US would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favorable terms. "To unapologetically stand and declare "I was elected as President of Pittsburgh NOT PARIS"!"

In making his announcement outside the White House, the president did say he was willing to make a new deal but only one that was "fair" for the country.

His predecessor Barack Obama, who signed the Paris Agreement past year without US Senate ratification, described the Trump administration as joining "a small handful of nations that reject the future" by withdrawing from the pact.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, formerly chairman and CEO at ExxonMobil, also urged the president not to pull out of the agreement. "And if we can, that's great, and if we can't, that's fine".

The White House signalled that Mr Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact - fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges - though top aides were divided.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

Before the announcement, national leaders, the pope and the United Nations secretary general were among those who had warned of the importance of climate action, and environmental and aid campaigners reacted angrily to news of the U.S. withdrawal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The decision makes good on a campaign promise to "cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of us tax dollars to United Nations global warming programs".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the group's vice president, called climate change a grave threat to coastal communities, the nation and the world. He said that if unchecked, sea-level rise caused by climate change could mean that New Orleans and other coastal cities "will cease to exist".

But U.S. states that disagree with Trump's move, such as California, now have another option. He characterized the Paris accord as a massive redistribution of wealth from the U.S.to other countries. He would follow the four-year rule to get out of it.

It was clear from the very beginning at the United Nations Climate Change Conference that the goal of the agreement was to move every country away from the use of our natural resources-like oil and natural gas-and to force industrialized countries to foot the bill for renewable energy production in the developing world. "The U.S.is already leading the world in energy production and doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers", it read.

"How can President Trump look in the eye the people most affected, including the world's poorest in the places most affected by climate change now, and those affected by increasingly frequent extreme weather in parts of the USA?"

"France believes in you (the U.S.), the world believes in you, but don't be mistaken on climate; there is no plan B because there is no planet B", Macron said.

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