Saturday, 18 November, 2017

United Nations chief calls on world to back Paris climate deal

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At the same time, however, most observers say it is unlikely to derail the accord, or hamper more localized efforts now being championed by communities, local leaders, and the private sector.

Trump promised during his presidential campaign to pull the USA out of the deal.

By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", he said, claiming that other countries have laughed at the USA for agreeing to the terms".

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on USA climate policy.

The agreement was signed by 195 countries, and the USA promised to reduce its own emissions by 26 to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025. As of 2015, emissions were 12 percent lower, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

But other groups found that the impacts could be worse, especially if other countries follow the U.S.'s lead. At least a few analysts have even argued that it may actually be better for the Paris agreement to have the U.S. publicly back out, rather than remain a signatory in name but not in action.

Indeed, just because Trump is president, that doesn't mean that the entire 21 percent contribution of the United States will be lost.

The immediate impact of Trump's move could be largely symbolic. All other major signatories - including European nations, China, and India - have affirmed their commitment to climate action, even without USA participation.

Trump has reportedly told several people that he is planning to leave the Paris agreement, but predicting what this president will do has been an exercise in futility. "But he also cares very much about creating jobs for American workers". But a French official, speaking anonymously to describe the two men's conversation, indicted Trump offered few signs he was ready to remain in the Paris agreement.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a rare joint statement the agreement could not be renegotiated and urged their allies to hasten efforts to combat climate change.

"When you disagree with someone, you try to convince that person, no?" he said.

News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and a member of a White House manufacturing jobs advisory board, tweeted that if Trump does exit, he would have "no choice" but to end his affiliations with the administration.

"Generations from now, Americans will look back at Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement as one of the most ignorant and risky actions ever taken by any President", Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement.

Trump's influential daughter Ivanka Trump's preference is to stay, but she has made it a priority to establish a review process so her father would hear from all sides, said a senior administration official.

"Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is an important and necessary step toward reversing the harmful energy policies and unlawful overreach of the Obama era", 10 Republicans states attorneys general wrote in a letter sent to Trump in May. The other G7 countries - Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan - reaffirmed their support for the accord last week.

Trump, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S.

Clean energy, Guterres said, will be an economic driver in its own right. "It looks like that attempt failed", Juncker said. He says, "I've seen some different press releases back and forth, so before I make an opinion, I want to sit down and read it".

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