Poorer nations robust in the face of Trump pullout from climate deal

Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce and VDMA engineering industry group warned that United States companies could gain short-term advantages by Trump's decision. "It is part of his election campaign promise to reconsider global agreements that are not beneficial to the US", Yuri Rogulev noted".

"Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course".

"Because, by choosing to withdraw from this landmark climate agreement, Mr Trump is telling the world that he intends to fix problems alone".

Brown said he would also explore the possibility of integrating California and Chinese provincial carbon trading systems. "He cites entirely all the most, perhaps, extreme cost analyses of what this will cost us, but none of the costs of what climate change will cost us, and none of the benefits of what many people say a new green economy will bring to us, as well". And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks. A group of state governors, too, including leaders of NY and California, have formed a coalition to continue the work against climate change despite the federal position on it. The Paris deal "really put an extraordinary burden on the economy while allowing some countries around the world like China and India go a decade or more without any accountability for reducing C02 emissions", Pence said.

"Again, I think - I think that speaks for itself", the official said. "Today's announcement by the president leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout our nation".

General Motors Co said Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra also would remain on the presidential advisory panel, while it remained unclear whether Ford Motor Co's new chief executive, James Hackett, would join the group.

As Trump's aides explain his decision to leave the agreement - despite protests from members of his own administration, environmental experts, corporate titans and fellow foreign leaders - they have danced around the issue that is at its heart: climate change. China, which has overtaken the United States to become the world's largest greenhouse-gas emitter, has said that it will continue to uphold its Paris pledge.

Protests, new climate pledges after Trump's Paris pullout
The Russian president said he thought the U.S. did not need not to abandon the Paris Agreement because it was a "framework". In the UK, BBC News reported that Theresa May , the prime minister, told Trump of her "disappointment" with his decision.

Trump has always been skeptical of climate change, despite vast scientific evidence showing that human activity has contributed to the problem, and has repeatedly suggested that it is a "hoax".

The resistance isn't ending at the city level, either. "Regardless of what happens around us, we're still Austin, Texas". While he did not name the US president, there was no mistaking his references.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity organization has pledged to donate $15 million to the U.N.'s climate secretariat, which will plug a big hole left after the Trump administration made a decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord this week.

On Thursday the USA president announced he would pull his country out of the landmark agreement that has commitments from every country in the world except Syria and Nicaragua.

Jeff Immelt, chief executive officer of USA conglomerate General Electric, tweeted: "Climate change is real".

Kellyanne Conway, a White House senior adviser, said on Fox News the deal would have "a statistically insignificant impact on the environment". "I am proud of the work we have done engaging stakeholders and the public on this important commitment". World leaders on six continents condemned the decision, as did several U.S. governors and mayors.


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