Trump, EPA chief meet ahead of decision on climate change

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But there are virtually no signs he plans to remain in the agreement as it now stands.

Almost every country has signed on to the Paris Agreement, and a majority have ratified it. "The climate conversation should cease to be a shouting match". He previously stated that withdrawing from the accord reflects his "America First" policy.

Trump tweeted as he departed the G-7 on Saturday that he planned to make a decision on Paris this week, and he has consulted with advisers and aides in the days since his return about the matter.

The Chinese government cancelled construction of more than 100 new coal-fired power plants earlier this year, announcing plans to invest at least $360 billion in green-energy projects by 2020.

On Twitter, Trump teased the announcement of his decision as imminent this week.

In talks with his foreign counterparts, the President kept an open mind on climate issues, according to his aides.

Several other business leaders and politicians have urged Trump not to pull the United States out of the global pact.

Informing of his intention to convene a dedicated climate summit in 2019 to reach the critical first review of implementation of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations chief called on all, including those who might hold divergent perspectives on climate change to engage with him on the way forward. "Guterres pressed the case for the United States to stick with the Paris deal, but also left no doubt that China can and will replace America as the global leader in the fight against climate change".

What is not yet clear is whether Trump plans to initiate a formal withdrawal from the Paris accord, which under the terms of the agreement could take three years, or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty on which the accord was based.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. "And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable", he said.

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"We believe that it would be important for the United States not the leave the Paris agreement".

This is the subject that Trump is spending a great deal of time on, and one that he spoke to the G7 members about during their meetings, Spicer said.

Back in Washington, Trump angrily shot back: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", he wrote on Twitter. South Africa's government calls the US pullout "an abdication of global responsibility".

Trump's decision this week will come after months of pressuring from competing interests.

The president can not hope to maintain any semblance of that reputation unless he endorses the landmark Paris climate accord. She's worked to ensure her father hears pro-Paris viewpoints, including during a phone call with former Vice President Al Gore. "We should be doing everything we can to accomplish both".

Although the officials caution no decision is final until the president officially announces it, the White House is now working on how to roll out the announcement and explain the reasons behind Trump's decision.

A top European Union official said the EU and China believe Trump made a grievous error.

Tillerson's former employer Exxon Mobil, along with dozens of other United States firms, have also been proponents of remaining in the agreement. Lindsay Graham told CNN on Sunday that a withdraw "means that the leader of the Republican Party is in a different spot than the rest of the world". White House press secretary Sean Spicer says the president met with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt as he mulls a decision on the climate agreement. "The Paris Agreement would also handicap America in the global race for new sources of energy". Ted Cruz of Texas wrote in a CNN op-ed Tuesday.

The CIA and military leaders have all warned that climate change poses a real security threat both to the USA and to the world.