China vows to adhere to Paris climate agreement

California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his upcoming trip to China during an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday

"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.

Other politicians, including U.S. Sen.

Brian Deese, who was President Obama's point person on the Paris accord, says it's not just about the environment - it's about the economy.

Many economists have big doubts.

The historic climate treaty was reached when almost 200 countries came together at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on December 12, 2015.

The Paris Agreement, spearheaded by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and signed by 195 countries in April 2016, aims to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions and limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius.

Environmental groups derided the Trump administration's reported decision.

If Mr Trump withdraws from Paris, it will hardly come as a surprise, and so far countries are holding the line.

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.

Axios reported that details on how the US will leave the accord are still being finalized by a team including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. The exit could take as long as one to nearly four years.

"This is the current situation which is being driven by not having a national plan to integrate climate and energy policies."

Johnson told Sky News that Britain still wants the take the lead in fighting climate change and called on individual US states to keep making progress on that front.

"There is a much stronger expectation from our partners across the world from Africa, Asia and China that Europe should assume leadership in this effort and we are ready to do that", Sefcovic added.

"This notion, "I am Trump, I am American, America first and I am getting out, ' that is not going to happen".So the country leaving the Paris accords could be seen as an worldwide declaration of the course that Trump has already set domestically". "The fate of the planet - and the mess we shove on future generations - hangs in the balance".

Withdrawing from the Paris agreement is one of Trumps major electoral promises. That promise helped rally supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police United States carbon emissions.

Finland's prime minister said climate change won't be reversed "by closing your eyes".

Trump made the decision in part after receiving a letter from 22 Republican Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calling for a clean exit from the accord, Axios reported.

"By succumbing to pressure from administrator Scott Pruitt and other advisors, President Trump is ceding the future to the Germans, the Chinese, the Indians, and other nations rather than having the United States continue to lead the world on clean energy solutions", said Democrat Ed Markey.

Sweden's United Nations ambassador says a US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement would be "a disappointment to the rest of the world" and would hurt American interests.

The European Union and China spell out their continued commitment to the deal in a draft joint statement, obtained by CNN, which is slated to be published Friday regardless of what Trump announces.

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