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Donald Trump to announce Decision on Paris Climate pact: US leaning on the withdrawal side

If USA withdraws from the 2015 agreement,it is expected to have serious international consequences

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  • Donald Trump met with world leaders at the G7 Summit in Sicily where many set out to lobby the US president over staying committed to the climate agreement
  • The US did not join the climate section of the communiqué according to the official dispatch of the summit on which all countries sign
  • All the nations of the G7 summit, France, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy, have also urged Trump to stay in the 2015 agreement

Washington, June 1, 2017: US President Donald Trump is still to give his decision about whether USA will remain a part of the Paris Climate agreement or not and the president seems to be leaning towards the withdrawal side as signaled by the white house.

Last Saturday morning, during the final leg of his first presidential trip abroad, the president teased his decision about the hotly debated topic in a tweet.

Trump met with world leaders this week at the G7 Summit in Sicily where many set out to lobby the US president over staying committed to the climate agreement.

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The US did not join the climate section of the communiqué according to the official dispatch of the summit on which all countries sign, mentioned NDTV report.

The document stated while the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom and the presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission are propounding their commitment to the Paris agreement, the US “is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics.”

The document stated while the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom and the presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission are propounding their commitment to the Paris agreement, the US “is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics.”

Here it is to be noted that during his Presidential Campaigning Trump had vowed that he would “rip” the Paris Climate Agreement. It seems like the president is all set to fulfill his that promise.

However, if that happens there will be serious international consequences as this will raise a question on the commitment of the world’s super power towards curbing environmental problems.

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Trump has said that he will announce his decision today in the White House Rose Garden.
The White House officials are indicating that the President may change his mind, as is his habit of doing on the last moment.

All the nations of the G7 summit, France, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy, have also urged Trump to stay in the 2015 agreement.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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    I dont understand what hate Donald Trump has towards the earth and the environment He is not only destroying America but also creating unrest in the entire world.

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European Union Agrees To Cut Greenhouse Gases Emission

EU countries are separately considering the extent to which truck emissions should be cut, with a debate due Thursday.

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In this slow-shutter zoom effect photo taken Dec. 12, 2018, commuters backed up in traffic during the morning rush hour, in Brussels, a city that regularly experiences pollution alert warnings. VOA

The European Union agreed Monday to a goal of cutting carbon emissions from cars by 37.5 percent in a decade, finally settling differences between vehicle-producing countries and environmentally-conscious lawmakers.

The 28-nation bloc has been divided for months over how strict to be on CO2 emissions from vehicles as part of its push to reduce greenhouse gases overall by 40 percent by 2030.

Germany, with the EU’s biggest auto sector worth some 423 billion euros ($480 billion) in 2017, had warned tough targets and the drive toward more electric cars could harm its industry and cost jobs.

Representatives of the European Parliament and the EU countries finally struck a compromise Monday, after nine hours of talks, to cut emissions from cars by 37.5 percent and vans by 31 percent by 2030 compared with 2021.

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There was also agreement on an interim target of a 15 percent cut for both cars and vans by 2025.

“This is an important signal in our fight against climate change,” said current EU president Austria’s Sustainability Minister Elisabeth Koestinger.

But Brussels-based green lobbying group Transport & Environment expressed disappointment the deal was not even more ambitious.

“Europe is shifting up a gear in the race to produce zero-emission cars. The new law means by 2030 around a third of new cars will be electric or hydrogen-powered,” said its clean vehicles director, Greg Archer. “That’s progress, but it’s not fast enough to hit our climate goals.”

The compromise was tougher than the original EU executive proposal of an emissions decline of 30 percent compared to 2021.

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U.N. Climate chief Patricia Espinosa (C) is flanked by officials during a press conference at the COP24 climate change summit in Katowice, Poland, VOA

Germany had endorsed that, but a push by several EU countries, including the Netherlands and France, raised the target for EU countries to 35 percent. The EU Parliament had wanted 40 percent, so in the end, they split the difference.

The German automobile association (VDA) said the new legislation would set high demands while doing little to promote or provide incentives for switching to electric vehicles.

EU countries were among nearly 200 that agreed Saturday to rules for implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord at a U.N. conference in Poland.

Also Read: Governments Have Failed to Respond Adequately to Climate Change at The U.N. Conference: Activists

“Today’s successful outcome is even more important in view of this weekend’s conclusions … in Katowice. It clearly shows, once again, our unwavering commitment to the Paris Agreement,” EU Climate Commissioner Arias Canete said.

EU countries are separately considering the extent to which truck emissions should be cut, with a debate due Thursday. (VOA)