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China vows to adhere to Paris climate deal

Christy Curtis | 02 June, 2017, 01:38

"As other countries invest in advance technologies and move forward with the Paris Agreement, we believe the United States can best exercise global leadership in advance USA interest by remaining a full partner in this vital global effort". And Trump has reversed himself before on major policy pledges, including on whether to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, a step the president no longer favors.

President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce his decision on whether to keep the United States in a landmark global pact to fight climate change, after a source close to the matter said he was preparing to pull out of the Paris accord.

"A USA withdrawal from Paris will be a disappointment to the climate community, but it may also embolden other countries to fill the void left by the US and take on a greater leadership role", said Glen Peters, a Norwegian scientist who tracks global carbon emissions.

Venting anger, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that the entire meeting was very "difficult".

The US administration under Trump - who once called climate change a "hoax" - has resisted intense pressure from US partners to commit to respecting the global accord.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

US President Donald Trump said he will announce his decision on the Paris Accord on Thursday.

Democratic U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy and Niki Tsongas said pulling out of the compact will harm the environment, public health, businesses and local communities.

"And so my argument today is that it is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris agreement - and that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition". One possibility is the White House could argue the agreement is a treaty that needs approval by the USA senate.

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

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Speaking in Berlin about the Paris climate change accord, he said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment".

What's an even bigger deal is, if the USA chooses to leave, America would join Syria and Nicaragua as the only non-participants.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and there is no alternative to it.

"I hope he will set aside pride and vanity and think of his obligation and responsibility, not only as president of the United States but as the purported leader of the free world", Healey said.

Russian Federation also said it would stick to its climate commitments, but said the Paris agreement would be affected by a United States pullout.

Trump has tweeted that he will announce his decision on the Paris deal on Thursday 3pm (US time).

"The administration has just not been responding to us to see if they're interested in bringing folks here", Walsh said.

China overtook the U.S. as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007.

"Those who want to export their goods and services to our market also have to accept our standards", he said.

Whatever way he eventually goes will give a very clear indication as to where he is putting his own loyalty, where he is putting his weight. Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to 3 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

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