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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 BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits 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 Obama'Nationalize' Facebook and Twitter as public goods Millennials and the great reckoning on race Biden's chief aide says president wants teams, no rivals 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.