What Would the Paris Climate Deal Look Like Without the United States?

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories". But he added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".

Mr Trump, who in a November 2012 tweet dismissed climate change as a hoax, pledged during his election campaign to "cancel" the accord within 100 days of becoming president to boost America's coal and oil industries.

Putin is meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Thursday. A Danish lawmaker from a small, center green party says, "it resembles a crime against humanity and future generations".

"Global climate change is a threat to the economy", says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.

Barack Obama, whose administration spent years painstakingly negotiated the terms of the Paris climate agreement, said leaving the Paris accord is an abdication of U.S. leadership around the globe.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump denounced the accord, and called global warming a hoax aimed at weakening USA industry.

China and the European Union will forge an alliance to take a leading role in tackling climate change in response to Donald Trump's expected decision to pull the United States out of the historic Paris agreement.

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Trump tweeted late Wednesday that he would announce his decision at 3 p.m. ET in the White House Rose Garden, ending his message "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Trump tweeted on Wednesday night that he would announce his decision at 3pm ET on Thursday at the White House and there are fears that will he confirm reports thatthe United States will soon join Nicaragua and Syria on the small list of countries refusing to back the climate accord, signed in 2015.

"No matter whether other countries' positions may change, we will continue to uphold" a model of sustainable development, Hua said at a regularly scheduled news conference.

Some of the biggest gains in tackling carbon emissions in the USA had been made at state level rather than federal level, he added.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on whether to abandon the Paris climate accord Thursday afternoon USA time (3 p.m. EDT; 1900 GMT). "I think there will (even) be an effort on the part of many U.S. states and localities to help the USA meet its stated voluntary goal anyway", Schlosberg said. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways".

A White House official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Trump is expected to withdraw from the deal, though aides cautioned he had not yet made a final decision.

Typically, liberals say climate change is the most egregious and alarming cataclysm this world has ever come to know.

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