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Biden: Paris deal 'best way to protect' US leadership

Biden: Paris deal 'best way to protect' US leadership
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Obama to speak at campaign rally for Nevada Dems Affordable housing set for spotlight of next presidential campaign MORE on Wednesday cast climate change as an "existential threat to our future" and urged President Trump not to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

"Climate change is an existential threat to our future – staying in [the] Paris Agreement is the best way to protect our children and global leadership," Biden wrote on Twitter.

The former vice president's warning comes as Trump is said to be considering possibly withdrawing the U.S. from the 195-nation agreement, which is aimed at broadly cutting carbon emissions and slowing the effects of climate change.

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The pact was negotiated, signed and ratified under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaChance the Rapper works as Lyft driver to raise money for Chicago schools Americans are safer from terrorism, but new threats are arising Donald Trump Jr. emerges as GOP fundraising force MORE, before entering into force late last year. If Trump pulls out of the agreement, it will be his firmest rebuke yet of Obama-era environmental policies.

During a meeting of the Group of Seven in Taormina, Italy, last week, Trump broke from the rest of the group of world leaders by declining to pledge support for the Paris deal. 

Reports surfaced Wednesday that Trump was leaning toward an exit from the deal, fulfilling a major campaign promise for the president and making the U.S. the first country to scrap the agreement.