Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal

Trump himself tweeted that "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

The uncertain future of US involvement in the accord pushed even big oil companies like Shell and Exxon, as well as tech companies large and small, to make an appeal to the Trump administration not to back out of the agreement.

Trump said that he would begin negotiations to re-enter the agreement or establish "an entirely new transaction" to get a better deal for the U.S. But he suggested re-entry was hardly a priority.

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by about 1.6 billion tons by 2025.

During Mr Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the United States in the landmark agreement.

America's worldwide allies and Trump's domestic opponents lashed out Wednesday at media reports that he had made up his mind to pull the United States out of the global accord to curb carbon emissions, a move that would make the deal less effective.

The European Union and China, meanwhile, will reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate change accord this week regardless of whether the USA pulls out of the pact, a senior EU official said.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favour of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart. However, others on Trump's team are pushing him to withdraw, something he promised to do as a candidate.

Germany is the first stop for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on a European tour that comes amid growing concern in Germany over some of Trump's policies, especially on climate change and protectionism.

That fight has played out within Trump's administration in an extraordinarily public deliberation. It also pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to help poorer countries reduce their own emissions (and has fulfilled $1 billion of that pledge). Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, as does Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

In the absence of federal action to address climate change, some left-leaning states such as California and NY are moving ahead with ambitious clean-energy policies of their own.

"We wish to work with the European Union to strengthen our communication and practical cooperation in climate change", Hua said.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday in Alaska that he had "yet to read what the actual Paris Agreement is", and would have to read it before weighing in.

Though his stance on climate change is widely known, withdrawing from the deal is expected to have significant repercussions.

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

"He came here to learn", Trump chief economic adviser Gary Cohn said at the G-7 summit Friday.

Trump has not yet confirmed the reports of the withdrawal, and questions remain about the form it would take.

But it would also be seen as a loss for Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who reportedly back in February pushed the president to remove language critical of the Paris accord from an executive order related to environmental issues.

The U.N.'s main Twitter page quotes Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying: "Climate change is undeniable. Climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable".

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. He has spent his first months in office working to delay and roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling USA coal mines. 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. Instead, it's catalyzed support for the deal.

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