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Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Unusually public debate over Paris climate accord nears conclusion, officials say


U.S. President Donald Trump will not make a decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement until after he returns from the May 26-27 Group of Seven summit, the White House said Tuesday.

A senior White House official confirmed the reports to CBS News, citing "scheduling conflicts", but it is unclear when the meeting will be rescheduled.

Senior State Department environmental official David Balton said Monday that Trump has indicated he plans to decide over the next couple of weeks whether the USA will abide by the accord.

"The industry campaign to stick with the Paris accord comes amid deep divisions in the Trump administration over the carbon-cutting agreement", Bloomberg reported last month.

Meanwhile, Trump aides are openly airing their differences on the issue and a final decision on the USA stance is expected soon.

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon are thought to be arguing for withdrawal.

"Maintaining policy commitments which drive strong growth in low carbon investment is key to tackling climate change".

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"China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030", Pruitt added.

Meanwhile, at a summit in Milan, Italy, focused on climate change and food availability, President Barack Obama defended the Paris agreement earlier Tuesday, saying the USA must show leadership and not "sit on the sidelines".

A new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found almost 70 per cent of people in the USA support remaining a signatory of the Paris Agreement. "Technology is creating high capital intensity in many economic sectors and less demand for labour and this will become a problem in the advanced world", he said.

Even reducing the U.S. carbon reduction targets would be preferable to withdrawing altogether, said Todd Stern, the lead U.S. negotiator on the Paris agreement during the Obama administration.

OSLO/WASHINGTON Many nations urged U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to remain in the global agreement to combat climate change, even if he reduces the ambition of U.S. pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"The decision to participate in next week's United Nations climate talks shouldn't be construed as a sign that Trump has chose to stay in the Paris pact", a State Department official told the AP.

Former president Barack Obama, meanwhile, had endorsed Mr Macron in a video message uploaded online.

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