World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change

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02 June, 2017

The European Union is not considering imposing trade sanctions on the United States if President Donald Trump quits a global pact to fight climate change, EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said on Thursday.

President Donald Trump says he will announce his decision on the Paris accord this afternoon.

The protest, organised by 350 DC group, was announced on Wednesday night and is set to follow Trump's announcement on Thursday of whether the USA will remain a party to the 196-nation agreement aimed at curbing the effects of climate change, The Hill magazine reported.

"But even if the government decides to leave the Paris agreement, it's very important for USA society as a whole - the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses - to remain engaged", he said.

Obama had made efforts during his administration to reduce USA emissions in an attempt to avert catastrophic climate change.

He has also had backlash against his business form anti-Trump customers because of his involvement with the White House. Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement.

The Accord was an agreement among members of the United Nations to curb carbon emissions in an effort to combat climate change. "I think there will (even) be an effort on the part of many U.S. states and localities to help the USA meet its stated voluntary goal anyway", Schlosberg said.

India and Spain on Wednesday expressed their commitment to fighting climate change and reiterated their support for implementing the Kyoto and Paris accords.

Commenting on the agreement, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said fighting climate change was a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility". If the US does leave, he said, the Europe Union should seek ways to balance out the economic advantage that USA companies might have from the absence of climate regulations.

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Currently, the United States has committed to reducing carbon emissions between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

"The perception that we have to decide between creating jobs or tackling climate change is a false choice", said Dean Garfield, president of the tech trade group ITI.

The official has insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the decision before the official announcement.

Any delay in U.S. efforts to halt greenhouse gas emissions could cost the country and the world in the long term, scientists say.

The party that ignores the reality of climate change has enabled the current administration with its contempt for expertise, its leadership of agencies by opponents of those agencies' missions, and its general disregard of reality.

Musk said on Twitter that he had done all he could to advise the White House on the deal that was signed in 2016 by 195 countries.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump blasted the accord, saying it would cost the US economy trillions of dollars with no tangible benefit.

"Mr. President, if you don't take us out of this, there is no way you can make America great again", Limbaugh said.


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