Ossoff: 'History will condemn us' if Trump withdraws from Paris Agreement

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office

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.

Musk has said he's raised climate issues with the White House before, but that despite these efforts, he's come under fire for his willingness to engage with the Trump administration.

But Trump's plan to follow through on a campaign pledge to withdraw from the Paris accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in 2015, is now dominating, diplomats said.

Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said China was prepared to fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States if it exits the Paris climate deal.

He has previously described climate change as a hoax by the Chinese to damage United States manufacturing.

A Washington, D.C. environmental group is calling a last-minute protest on Thursday to oppose President Trump's expected withdrawal from the Paris climate deal.

Musk has visited the White House three times since Trump took office in January for meetings about infrastructure spending and United States manufacturing.

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He added, however, that he hopes "we can win back the United States one day, because there are also large parts of American society that we must not forget".

He could unilaterally withdraw from the Paris agreement without any action by Congress.

Scientists have said a US withdrawal from the deal could speed up the effects of global climate change, leading to heat waves, floods, droughts, and more frequent violent storms. During his campaign, Trump said he would "cancel" the Paris agreement and his administration has ordered cuts to funding for climate science.

Two months ago, Trump signed an executive order undoing former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which would aim to reduce carbon emissions.

Asked what the impact of a Trump withdrawal would be, she replied: "Canada is going to keep marching on, as is the rest of the world".

But, if we end up pulling out of the agreement - India and China - the world's other largest polluters - say they're staying in and will take the lead.

The White House declined to confirm the reports, and President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he would announce his decision "over the next few days".

The Republican vowed at the time to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster US oil and coal industries. For example, there are no sanctions if the United States breaks its promise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

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There have been influential voices urging Trump not to ditch the Paris accord.

"You know that President (Vladimir) Putin signed this convention, Russian Federation pays a lot of attention (to that)", Peskov said.

"If we leave, other countries can retaliate and put carbon import taxes on us on our exports to their countries", said political strategist Barry Edwards.

Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the US government not to abandon global measures against climate change.

Several of his top deputies, including senior White House adviser Steve Bannon, are pressing him to withdraw from the deal over concerns it could hobble the US economy.

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists advocacy group, said "I don't think any other countries will follow the USA out of Paris, so if he does leave, Trump will be in splendid isolation with the leaders of Syria and Nicaragua".

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