United Nations chief urges action on climate change as Trump debates


President Donald Trump says he will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event Thursday afternoon.

But he drew the line at the possibility that Trump will abandon the Paris climate-change agreement, which President Obama's administration endorsed as a key step toward combating the global threat of rising temperatures.

President Trump has previously dismissed global warming as a "hoax" created by China and has threatened to pull out of the Paris accord.

Trump himself tweeted that "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

Gore, who met with Trump during his presidential transition, has been an outspoken critic of leaving the Paris accord.

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

Trump promised during his 2016 campaign that he'd withdraw the United States from the deal.

"By expanding markets for innovative clean technologies, the agreement generates jobs and economic growth", business leaders wrote in a recent ad published in major newspapers.

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He said in February in connection with a trip to the White House that he wanted "to provide feedback on issues that I think are important for our country and the world". And the final decision may not be entirely clear-cut: Aides were still deliberating on "caveats in the language", one official said.

Pointing out the British government's failure to produce an effective plan to reduce carbon emissions in line with a "carbon budget" announced in 2011, Gardiner said, "I think the United Kingdom loves the rhetoric of being a world leader on climate change but we are living off the reputation that was built up in 2008 when we [Labour] put through the Climate Change Act".

Flying home, a senior administration official declined to elaborate any further on Trump's climate thinking, saying only that "whatever the President does will make sure that we're protecting American jobs". Calculations suggest it could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather. The official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the decision before the official announcement, said the president and his aides were finalizing the details of a pullout. But he said in response to a question afterward that the United Nations believes "it would be important for the US not to leave the Paris agreement".

"Climate change is undeniable".

It's more than just energy firms, though: Microsoft, Apple, Starbucks, Gap, Nike, Google, Adidas and L'Oreal all support continued US involvement.

The ad said that climate change is both a "business risk" and a "business opportunity", and said continued participation in Paris will actually benefit the USA economy and job growth. Climate action is unstoppable.

Holthuas then pointed to an article that appeared to show other nations agreeing that they will have to be stronger in light of the United States-one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses-and said Trump is on the "wrong side of history" when it comes to climate change.

"The U.S.is already leading the world in energy production and doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers", it reads. A formal withdrawal would take years, experts say, a situation that led the president of the European Commission to speak dismissively of Trump on Wednesday.