In US, Advisers to President Donald Trump will meet today to discuss whether to recommend that he withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a White House official said. The meeting comes before a summit of the Group of Seven industrial nations in late May, the deadline for the White House to take a position.
Trump has said the United States should cancel the deal, but he has been mostly quiet on the issue since he was elected last November. White House officials, led by the National Economic Council, have recently been asking publicly traded energy companies for advice on whether to stay in the agreement.
The accord, agreed on by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015, aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025.