What would the US leaving the Paris climate deal look like?

President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate accord, a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming, and his daughter is apparently very unhappy about it.

"Will have no choice but to depart [White House] councils", Musk said on Twitter when asked what he would do if Trump withdraws from the Paris Climate Agreement.

He met Tuesday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, one of the strongest voices calling for the U.S.to drop out of the Paris accord.

Quitting the Paris accord may not resonate with members of Trump's Republican Party as much as his administration expects.

"The Paris Agreement was signed by 196 countries and is the backbone of worldwide action to tackle the greatest challenge facing our civilization: climate change".

Donald Trump has, very wrongly, called climate change "a hoax invented by the Chinese". James Inhofe, have called for Trump to remove the USA from the agreement.

But Musk, like the vast majority of climate scientists, regards climate change as a serious problem that humanity should deal with sooner rather than later. Under Mr Obama, Washington had pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025.

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Despite reports that the U.S. is poised to scrap participation in the deal, other countries, including India, China, and the European Union (EU) member states have reaffirmed their commitment to combating global warming with the deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who in the past has been dubbed the "climate chancellor" for her efforts to fight global warming, said her country would "continue to fulfil our obligations under the Paris climate agreement as part of the European framework".

But CBS News confirms that the president has started to tell confidants he will withdraw from the agreement.

As a technology executive who has cited climate change as a key reason behind his push for electric vehicles, Musk has a personal and professional stake in the United States' climate change policies.

"He said it would take at least three to four years for any country to leave the agreement".

Along with China moving forward regardless Trump's decision, several companies in the United States will also be moving to more projects with renewable energy to save money regardless his point of view.

Multiple news reports, attributed to unnamed administration officials, suggest that Trump is leaning toward doing just that - although there may be some added "caveats" that complicate the outcome.

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