EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

Former US president Barack Obama was instrumental in brokering the deal and, in a statement, he expressed regret over Mr Trump's action.

'This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States, ' he contended.

"I have a pretty good middle-class life right now", Thurrey says.

When asked if he was able to check with the president - in an earlier briefing he had said he hadn't had the chance to speak to Trump about his views on climate change - he said, "I have not had an opportunity to have that discussion". We have made tremendous progress. And, if we can, that's great.

Sample this: Trump said, "We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore".

This as American cites, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to honor greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris terms anyway. He writes, "Under the normal rules of the agreement, the United States can not withdraw until November 2020", but "there is a nuclear option".

THE FACTS: That may be so, but Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, is not Trump country.

Under the Paris accord, ratified thus far by 147 parties or nations, the US pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. It was voluntary, with no enforcement mechanisms outside of peer pressure. It is time for the Trump administration to stop ignoring the needs and concerns of the American people.

Fact check: Trump was citing an industry-sponsored study that assumed the economy wouldn't benefit from energy-efficient innovations. Clean energy policies decrease not only carbon pollution linked to climate change but also other types of pollution that harm human health, such as sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and fine particles that can damage the airways of humans and other organisms.

More than 1400 mayors of United States cities with populations of 30,000 or more have pledged conform to the Paris Accord, with financial cover from former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg to UN Committee on Climate Change to make up for the loss caused by President Trump's withdrawal from the globally-endorsed treaty.

Adobe, Apple, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Danfoss, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, etc.

- John Hamilton (@MayorHamilton) June 1, 2017Am departing presidential councils.

"There are no real plans to change the energy balance at all", said Chuprov, who lives in Moscow.

"I want the world to know that the USA will meet its Paris commitments and that through partnerships among cities, states and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process", Bloomberg said. MIT researchers say he's wrong.

Still, Putin lamented that it was still so chilly and rainy in Russian Federation, joking that future responsibility for the impacts of global warming could be pinned on Trump. Though the United States is responsible for 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, historically it is the largest contributor of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

Environmental activists in Bosnia, one of the poorest European countries, said they were anxious the Trump's move would empower global polluters.

President Trump feels President Obama was tricked by other nations into spending too many USA dollars and giving up too much control over the Paris Accord. Nonetheless, the Chinese central government has cancelled hundreds of coal plants recently, the existing coal fleet is running at historically low rates, the government is committed to phasing coal out as fast as possible, and the country now expects to reach its NDC target early. India's current annual production of coal is between 650 million and 700 million tonnes.

Executive editor Errol Oh is waiting for the USA to be great again, so that the world can have a chance to also be great.

"If we can grow our economy, we're going to consume more and more products", he said. Clearly, all of our United Nations climate change treaties have been woefully insufficient.

On Thursday, the Sierra Club, an environmental group, was scathing about Trump's endorsement of what he regards as clean coal. Trump has loosened rules and proposed massive budget cuts to environmental protection.

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