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 BidenPrivacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus Trump crowd chants 'lock her up' about Omar as president warns of refugees in Minnesota 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 ObamaUnseemly brawl unlikely to change a thing It's now up to health systems to solve our food problems Testing the Electoral College process against judicial overreach 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.