Time ticking as nations meet on Paris climate deal

Pauline Gross
September 17, 2017

In June Trump said under the Paris Agreement, the USA could lose almost 3 million jobs by 2025 and pay billions to a global climate fund.

According to the Wall Street Journal, White House officials revealed their new plan at a meeting of more than 30 ministers from Canada, China, the European Union and other nations in Montreal on Saturday.

However, the White House issued a statement saying there had been "no change" to Trump's stance.

Almost 200 countries agreed in Paris in December 2015 to curb carbon dioxide emissions with the aim of limiting the rise in average global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, compared to preindustrial levels.

In June, a newly elected Trump publicly rejected the deal, which he called "unfair at the highest level to the United States".

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Representatives from 11 European countries are slated to meet tomorrow to discuss USA climate policy in New York City with Gary Cohn, the president's National Economic Advisor.

"We're getting out", Trump said at the time.

But the White House said there's been no change on the USA position on the global pact. The UN has been particularly opposed to the US withdrawal, and Trump is likely to face pressure to change his mind on the deal while he is in NY.

According to the publication, Europe's Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete said that President Donald Trump would abide by the landmark agreement, which was struck in 2016.

"We continue to make the case that, like the United States, we want to create jobs, we want to create economic growth and there's a $30-trillion opportunity when it comes to clean growth and climate action", she said.

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