Trump to take U.S. out of Paris climate agreement

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Trump, who was critical of the deal during his campaign for the presidency, is expected to make an announcement this week on whether the United States will remain a party to the climate accord that his predecessor, Barack Obama, strongly supported and signed.

As the US flirts with fleeing the Paris climate-change accord, Canada is aligning itself with the world's other two largest economies to take a global leadership role on the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Axios said details of the pullout are being worked out by a team that includes Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. And even then, the USA must give a year's notice.

Trump announced over the weekend that he would reveal his decision on the Paris agreement this week.

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The tweet came as he attended a meeting with leaders of the G7 nations in Italy.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Trump and Priutt discussed the accord in a meeting that morning.

Guterres also pledged to work with developing countries to mobilize resources to tackle the impact of climate change and strengthen efforts by small island states against "the existential threat" that global warming poses.

According to several sources close to the President, Trump has been telling anyone and everyone that he will be taking the USA from the newly established climate agreement.

Global average temperatures have hit record highs in each of the past three years, and warming is projected to cause worsening droughts, sea level rises, floods, heat waves and extinctions of wildlife. The pact is aimed at reducing carbon emissions. "U.S. companies are well positioned to lead in these markets". Because the power sector is likely to play a key role in decarbonizing other sectors, GHG cuts for electricity generation would likely need to be even deeper, approaching zero net carbon by 2050.

Now the U.S.is not part of that group. "He didn't want to do anything to put the U.S.at a disadvantage", Cohn said. For that reason, many sector observers see the Paris accord as a target for future presidential administrations to use for emissions regulations. This commitment was reinforced by a letter calling for an exit from the accords that was signed by 22 Republican Senators.

The administration's decision comes after months of internal debate and speculation about what Trump, who campaigned on leaving the deal, would do once he took office. By contrast, Trump wants to favor USA coal.

UPDATE: Washington Post White House reporter Phil Rucker says, not so fast.

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