Pittsburgh fires back at Trump: we stand with Paris, not you

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against his country's withdrawl from the Paris Accord on climate change.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord Thursday afternoon US time (3 p.m. EDT; 1900 GMT).

"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.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by China to hurt the US economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combatting climate change.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the White House on Tuesday to urge Trump to remain in the deal, according to Bloomberg. The agreement comes with a three-year moratorium on countries backing out of the agreement.

"The expected announcement in Brussels illustrates China's determination to take a leadership role in the world as Trump turns the United States inwards", The Guardian says, noting the President's views on global warming have "appalled" world leaders.

Asked by another Twitter userwhat would happen if Trump withdraws despite Musk's advice, the entrepreneur said he would have "no choice" in the matter.

Under the Paris Accord, almost 200 nations agreed in 2015 to voluntarily cut greenhouse gas emissions in a landmark agreement to fight climate change.

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"It's not just about the future of humanity in Europe, above all it's about the future of humanity elsewhere", he said.

Every nation involved in the talks, except Syria and Nicaragua, signed onto the deal. "When the president has a decision, he will make that announcement, and he will make it clear what the basis of that is".

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

But Trump has hinted that the United States, which pledged $3 billion towards the Green Climate Fund of which it delivered $1 billion under Obama, will not honour worldwide climate finance commitments.

Throughout the 2016, Trump promised to leave the agreement if he were elected President.

Since taking office on January 20, Trump has sent contradictory signals on the Paris deal - reflecting the different currents within his administration, both on climate change but also on the wider issue of America's role in the world and its position on multilateralism.

Cohn, the Trump economic adviser, also said last week that the president's views were "evolving".

Speaking from Brussels, European officials said the effort to advance a low-carbon economy had considerable economic support.

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

  • Darren Santiago