A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the. Trump said on Saturday that he would announce this week whether the U.S. would adhere to the Paris agreement after resisting pressure to announce the plans at the G7 summit.
Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which US allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a USA withdrawal.
Martin Schulz, a former European Parliament president who is hoping to unseat Merkel in Germany's upcoming general election, said he hoped Trump would think better of withdrawing from the accord.
A withdrawal would put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the Paris agreement.
In order to do that, countries pledge to reduce their carbon emissions.
Under the Paris Accord, almost 200 nations agreed in 2015 to voluntarily cut greenhouse gas emissions in a landmark agreement to fight climate change. The U.S. signed the accord in 2015, committing to reducing carbon emissions by 26% to 28% within a decade.
"If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it", said Guterres, who went on to explain what consequences such an exit could have for the US.
Trump is expected to announce his decision on Thursday afternoon USA time (3 p.m. EDT; 1900 GMT).
As for the mechanics of withdrawal, worldwide treaties have a four-year cooling off period from the time they go into effect.
"If Trump acts, others may too".
He added: "The world is in a mess".
"The Paris Accord was the biggest step forward we've taken in many many years", he said.
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila (JOO'-hah SEE'-pah-lah) says climate change won't be reversed "by closing your eyes".
He added he would have "no choice" but to depart Trump's advisory councils if the USA pulled out of the climate deal. But it also undermines world efforts to combat global warming.
Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy. Modi on Wednesday expressed India's commitment to fighting climate change and said it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other GOP Senators sent the president a letter last week urging him to ditch the agreement.
If the USA pulls out of The Paris Agreement, it would become one of the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions not included in the agreement, according to EPA data.
In his announcement, Trump claimed the Paris accord was less about the climate and more about other nations gaining financial advantage over the United States.
But China isn't going to wait for the United States. The move comes on the heels of a war of words between Trump and the German leadership, triggered by the president's refusal to confirm USA support for the deal during the recently concluded G7 summit in Italy. He also had to navigate a split among his advisers.
Secretary of state Rex Tillerson has favoured remaining in the agreement and chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, as does Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. They said the deal would require the U.S. government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which would hurt business.
In his first 100 days in office, Trump sought to undermine numerous Obama-era policies that would allow the United States to meet its commitments to the accord.
According to the Axios website, the first to break the news citing two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, Trump has reached a decision to pull out of the landmark deal on cutting global carbon emissions to curb global warming.