Trump withdraws from climate pact, world leaders push back

Framing his decision as "a reassertion of America's sovereignty", he said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

"Canada is going to show leadership with China and the European Union and we certainly hope the USA will be joining us", McKenna told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", Trump said.

But on Tuesday, he threw the equivalent of a last-minute "Hail Mary" pass during a speech at New York University - making the case for the U.S. to remain committed to the Paris climate accord in terms that he hoped would change Trump's mind, by warning of a drop in the US's global influence if it pulls out of the agreement.

He said the deal, agreed upon by more than 190 countries, gives advantages to countries like India and China.

Q: How would the United States withdraw from Paris?

"This agreement is more about climate and more about others getting advantages". Even without the deal, Americans are emitting less carbon into the atmosphere. But he indicated that was hardly a priority. "If we can, great".

"And that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition", he said, recalling the ground breaking agreement that entered into force in November 2016.

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This was preceded by comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who after meeting with Trump, said Sunday that Europe had to take its fate into "its own hands" and that the continent's days of relying on its partners were "over to a certain extent", the Independent reported.

Already, reports that Trump could withdraw the U.S. from the agreement were causing waves today.

Earlier Wednesday, a White House official said Trump was expected to pull out of the deal, but cautioned there could be "caveats". The choice is between a formal withdrawal that could take three years or leaving the United Nations treaty that the accord is based on, which would be quicker but more extreme, according to Axios.

Once in power, Trump and Pruitt have moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling USA coal mines. But he said in response to a question afterward that the United Nations believes "it would be important for the USA not to leave the Paris agreement".

Two unnamed sources who have "direct knowledge of the decision" told Axios about Trump's decision.

However, Trump declared, emphasizing every word: "As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord".

Which puts the US right alongside Syria and Nicaragua - the only two countries that declined to be a part of the agreement.

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy joined to "note with regret" the Trump decision and express doubts about any change in the accord. Here's a primer on how the Paris agreement works - and what could happen if the United States leaves.

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In a letter sent hours before Trump was due to announce on Thursday whether the USA would pull out of the accord, the five leaders say the effects of global warming are already visible in all parts of our planet.

McKenna has said what the USA chooses to do is up to the US, but Canada won't wait.

At home, the U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposed the decision and said the nation's mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

California Governor Jerry Brown called Trump's decision possibly "tragic" and a step "backwards" for the US.

President Trump however, has sided with the 22 Republican senators who reportedly urged him May 25 via a letter to leave the Paris Climate Change Accord.

"Climate change presents both business risks and business opportunities". Many economists believe the accord would likely help create about as many jobs in renewable energy as it might cost in polluting industries. "Which means that if one country decides not to be present - and I'm talking about countries with an important global reach like the United States or China - if one country decides to leave a void, I can guarantee someone else will occupy it".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined on Wednesday to say whether President Donald Trump has chose to withdraw from the Paris Accord to fight climate change, despite reports indicating that he would pull out of the global deal. Trump has changed his mind on large decisions before, even after previously signalling a move in the opposite direction.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who was Labor secretary under Obama, called Trump's decision "a global embarrassment" given the global scientific consensus about the warming Earth and the potential environmental threats from a hotter planet.

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