China will continue with climate pact even if US pulls out

China will continue with climate pact even if US pulls out

Trump has said he will announce his decision on Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT).

The president mentioned job loses and increased taxes in his decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris Accords.

A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children. North Korea's government has even signed the deal, and Russian Federation has too, although it has yet to formally ratify it.

Though it remains the largest global carbon emitter, China also leads the world in total installed solar and wind capacity.

"China and the European Union... will implement the agreement", a senior European Union official told reporters on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

USA allies rallied behind the Paris accord on Wednesday.

"The Accord," the document goes on to say, "was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation".

The White House had previously indicated that Trump could simply recalibrate emissions targets. Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by about 1.6 billion tons by 2025.

Nancy Pelosi, one of the top Democrats in Congress, described the apparent decision as a "stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

Since taking office on 20 January, Trump, who has called climate change a "hoax", has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal.

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On the global stage, it would undermine the overwhelming consensus achieved in Paris to take action on climate change, with only Syria and Nicaragua not signed up to the agreement, and raises fears other countries may back slide on their commitments.

"I think the president's legal team felt very strongly that it was best, that the cleanest way to address it was to just get out", a senior administration official told reporters.

Introducing President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence dedicated his speech to "a president who is fighting everyday to make Amrica great again".

But the president has also been known to change his mind, as he did in April with the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The United States Conference of Mayors, a separate, non-partisan group that represents the leaders of cities with more than 30,000 people, released its own statement penned by Phoenix, Arizona's Greg Stanton.

Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favour of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.

West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton said US withdrawal from the Paris accord would build confidence in USA mining and industry even if it wouldn't make major changes on the ground.

Following a G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, she told reporters that "the entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying".

Five Nordic countries wrote a last-minute letter to Trump, saying the Paris accord was a commitment "to our children". In New York, Cuomo announced he would use executive orders to ensure his state continues to abide by the Paris agreement.

Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialised economies.