Europeans making sales pitch to Trump on climate accord

Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Sigonella Air Force Base at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily Italy

Former environment minister Richard Benyon said the latest poll was in line with other surveys showing overwhelming public support for climate action and clean technologies. "The moral imperative for that collective responsibility is to get behind the Paris agreement and implement it".

Tanya Steele, chief executive of environmental group WWF, which commissioned the poll, said: "The Paris Agreement is a bold and hopeful commitment to protect the environment for future generations - almost every country on the planet signed to take ambitious action to try and limit the impacts of climate change".

After the conference, each country set their own "Nationally Determined Contributions" (NDCs) and agreed to report their progress regularly on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Senators said that reneging on the agreement could put american health and safety at risk, and would leave the USA economy and small businesses to miss out on vital investment and job opportunities while the rest of the world moves forward with trillions of dollars of investment in resilient infrastructure, low-carbon energy, sustainable agriculture and new technologies. Enormous amounts of political capital were spent during the Obama administration's second term to craft the Paris agreement in a way that could survive future administrations, no matter how anti-climate-action they could be.

The United States is the biggest U.N. contributor. "But by simply acknowledging rather than rejecting it, they can help keep an unfortunate setback from becoming an utter disaster".

"A United States retreat from the Paris Agreement would isolate us from the 196 nations working together within the framework of the Paris Agreement, reaching outcomes on worldwide economic policy that will effect U.S. interests whether we are party or not", the Senators warned.

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He accused President Obama of backing an accord that "gives foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use right here in America". Which is exactly what Trump is expected to do. The endangerment finding found six actual pollutants - carbon dioxide (C02), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfurhexafluoride (SF6) - as the cause of man-made climate change. "Leadership from the United States is vital to ensure full implementation and I hope the new Administration will honour the commitments made in Paris in 2015". For weeks, the President has been formerly considering whether America should withdraw from the Paris Agreement signed in 2015 and ratified by his predecessor, President Obama, last year.

The sobering reality is that Trump is going to do whatever he damn well pleases, and the rest of the world is going live with the consequences.

Ms May will meet Mr Trump at the G7 summit on Sicily on Friday for two days of talks on a range of issues, with the United States stance on climate change likely to be high on the agenda.

What are the consequences of withdrawing? "Massachusetts has a long history of leadership on environmental issues".

U.S. officials had hoped the globe-trotting trip would enable Trump to position himself as a more statesmanlike figure and he enjoyed largely positive coverage on his stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian territories, and at the Vatican.

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