Leaving climate deal likely wouldn't add US jobs

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 2, 2017

Trump made withdrawing from the agreement, entered into by former President Barack Obama in 2015, a central focus of his campaign, arguing that it overburdened US consumers and energy producers with carbon pollution limits that didn't apply to developing economies.

According to two White House officials, the President has not yet decided on how to withdraw from the agreement - either through a multi-year formal process or the more extreme act of quitting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Thursday that climate change is a "global challenge" no country can ignore. Without mentioning the US specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Fighting climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility", China's prime minister Li Keqiang said. The other countries are Syria and Nicaragua.

Chinese and European Union leaders are set to release a joint statement stressing the vital importance of sticking to the goals set out in the Paris Climate Accord, despite the possibility of the Trump climate change agenda working against it.

I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden. And the final decision may not be entirely clear-cut: Aides were still deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.

Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which US allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a USA withdrawal.

Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it.

Trump's top aides have been divided.

Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the US government not to abandon global measures against climate change.

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