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Trump admin. refuses to say whether president believes in climate science

Trump admin. refuses to say whether president believes in climate science

The official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that US President Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday came "to the regret of nearly all", although it was "anything but a surprise".

President of the World Coal Association, Benjamin Sporton, said he had mixed feelings about Trump's announcement, adding he was eager to see a U.S. policy that actively promotes a place for coal in the global energy mix.

After pulling the US out from the climate agreement, Trump said he would start talks to re-enter the accord with what he called a more "fair" deal, but the president was immediately rebuked by several European governments. "Therefore, in order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or really entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers", he said.

The 197-member climate agreement requires every country to establish ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gasses.

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The United States had already become the leader in cutting Carbon dioxide emissions while still leading in oil and gas production. The automaker said Thursday despite the withdrawal it "will not waver from our commitment to the environment".

Leaving the 2015 Paris accord would hardly translate into a substantial increase in new jobs as the fossil fuel industries were highly automated, Xinhua said.

Trump announced yesterday that the United States would be quitting the Paris Agreement, regarded as the most expensive global agreement in history.

Perhaps showing that he believes in American exceptionalism more than the president - who thinks America needs to be made great again - Macron said "the world believes in you".

The Paris Climate Agreement is a historic treaty signed by over 190 nations and can not be renegotiated on the request of a single nation, the United Nations's Framework Convention on Climate Change has said.

White House says Donald Trump, Germany's Merkel share excellent relations
Dr McCormack makes the interesting point that Germany is actually America's main ally in Europe , not the UK. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europeans must take their fate into their own hands.

Panetta is nonetheless hopeful that California, and the local region, can continue to show leadership. There are many other examples.

The United States was one of 195 nations that agreed to the accord in Paris in December 2015. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020.

Yet in a tweet just hours before Trump's announcement, Dow Chemical urged the president to keep the U.S.in the climate deal.

The US-based research university published a study in April 2016 titled "How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?" showing that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by between 0.6C and 1.1C by 2100. "We are are going to clearly pursue our goals in Europe, but we also want to continue our strong role in helping, especially in the developing world". They went wild. They were so happy.

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This stock has garnered attention of analysts and investors over the past few weeks as the stock has come into mainstream focus. KeyBanc Capital Markets downgraded the shares of KRG in report on Thursday, December 17 to "Sector Weight" rating.

The decision to withdraw will put the United States in league with Nicaragua and Syria as the world's only non-participants in the treaty.


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