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Obama pans Trump withdrawal from climate deal

President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, two senior U.S. officials familiar with his plans told CNN Wednesday, a major break from worldwide partners that would isolate the United States in global efforts to curb global warming.

Multiple US news organisations, including the New York Times and CNN citing senior White House officials, reported on Wednesday Mr Trump is expected to pull America out of the landmark Paris climate accord.

He was set to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who supports remaining in the deal, said the report.

Q: What does the Paris climate deal actually do?

A September 2016 report on the national security implications of climate change noted: "Many countries will encounter climate-induced disruptions - such as weather-related disasters, drought, famine, or damage to infrastructure - that stress their capacity to respond, cope with, or adapt". He can roll back all of Obama's carbon regulations, without penalty.

If he does so, there could be numerous consequences for the United States. Most of the senators who signed are from states that depend on the continued burning of coal, oil and gas.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

The American Petroleum Institute, an industry body representing 625 businesses, is wary of "government mandates that could increase energy costs", according to spokesman Eric Wohlschlegel.

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists advocacy group, said "I don't think any other countries will follow the US out of Paris, so if he does leave, Trump will be in splendid isolation with the leaders of Syria and Nicaragua".

The United States could also face serious diplomatic repercussions for leaving.

That fight has played out within Trump's administration. Trump has expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken USA industry.

"GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed", General Motors said in a statement following the president's announcement.

Pulling out of Paris will not mean the end of all domestic efforts to reduce emissions. The main driver of the reduction was Obama's Clean Power Plan, which would have closed coal-fired power plants.

The agreement calls on countries to combat climate change and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change.

But the United States will be doing far less about global warming than it otherwise might have done. Those countries, which include Brazil, India and South Africa, said after an April meeting that the change in USA policy was concerning, and that more needed to be done to ensure the aid comes through. "Anything that we do that works to curtail global warming is an economic plus".

"Despite the USA having been responsible for a massively disproportionate share of historic greenhouse gas emissions, it is now washing its hands of the situation while billions of the world's most vulnerable peoples will face the fatal consequences of rising sea levels, drought, desertification and failing crops". "It seems that our attempt failed, but the law is the law, and it must be obeyed".

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

Not everyone is so pessimistic, however.

Trump's proposed environmental policies have come under attack by other governors, notably Gov. "It is good for jobs - the jobs of the future", Brown said. In the past, China has argued against rigorous transparency standards to review nations' progress.

A year ago was the warmest since records began in the 19th century, as global average temperatures continued a rise dating back decades that scientists attribute to greenhouse gases.

"We need a framework like that to address the challenge of climate change, the risk of climate change", Darren Woods, CEO of Exxon Mobil, said Wednesday.



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