Trump delays decision on Paris climate agreement, spokesman says

Trump delays decision on Paris climate agreement, spokesman says

Meanwhile another meeting of White House advisors to discuss climate change is expected to take place on Tuesday.

"We urge all nations to stand by their commitments to the agreement", it said.

"The treaty is based on the idea that from now on developed nations like the USA must live with less and pay more".

Climate negotiators return for talks in Bonn on Tuesday under the cloud of Donald Trump's threats to pull America from the hard-fought Paris Agreement, as the president prepares to hold a special meeting to discuss USA participation.

That interpretation is contested by many legal experts, however, as well as participants in past global climate negotiations.

Espinosa refused to comment on the impact of a possible USA withdrawal from the talks or even the entire climate change accord.

Not only did newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron mention climate change in his short victory speech on Sunday night, he has made it clear that he welcomes such research in France. "This is key in itself but also as an illustration of America's commitment to world affairs".

Officials stressed that Trump has yet to make a decision either way.

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The Paris Agreement, forged by almost 200 countries in 2015, seeks to limit planetary warming by cutting emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases from burning fossil fuels.

The May 8-18 Bonn meeting is meant to start designing a "rulebook" for implementing the global deal to limit average global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels. His top officials have appeared divided about what to do about the deal, under which the us pledged to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon emissions in the coming decade.

President Donald Trump vowed during his lengthy run for the White House to cancel US involvement in the accord reached by 196 nations, but since assuming power has wavered.

Early on his campaign, President Trump vowed to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, a landmark 2015 deal that brought together 197 countries to reduce carbon emissions to combat global warming. Obama ratified the accord last September.

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In a letter this week, the companies say that the accord generates jobs and economic growth by expanding markets for innovative clean technologies.

The involved companies are among the top US tech, power, retail, health, consumer goods, manufacturing and financial services companies, with a combined market capitalization of over $3.2 trillion.

A senior administration official said the president's inclination has been to leave the pact, but Ivanka Trump set up a review process to make sure he received information from experts in the public and private sector before a making a decision. As a candidate for the White House in 2016, he had threatened to pull the USA out of the Paris accord if elected.