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US is pulling out of Paris climate change accord

US is pulling out of Paris climate change accord

China is now the world's number-one energy consumer and greenhouse gas emitter, and should it combine forces with Europe it has the potential to lead the world and prevent other nations from following the USA down the path of inaction.

Cook also called the White House decision "wrong for our planet" in a post on Twitter.

Dale Marshall of Environmental Defence issued a statement calling Thursday "a bleak day" for climate change and global diplomacy, but also expressing confidence the accord would survive the USA pullout. Top White House aides have been divided.

One benefit of the agreement was the priority it set for research and development of clean coal, and the administration's decision to withdraw raises questions on whether industry will be able to get the federal funding it plans to seek for that research, according to Bohrer.

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The decision has also drawn the ire of other lawmakers in NY, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and U.S. Sen.

Tusk waded into the uncertainty that has gripped global climate change policies since reports from Washington suggested Trump was planning to withdraw USA backing from the Paris Accord that seeks to reduce global carbon emissions by the end of the century, reports Efe.

Walking away from Paris treaty is a mistake. The agreement asks that signing nations voluntarily cut carbon emissions and to keep the rise in global temperatures no higher than two degrees Celsius. While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the pope.

"For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging". These include the non-CA/NY mayors of Boston, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, and many other large cities.

Exxon dipped 0.7 percent, ConocoPhillips declined 0.2 percent, and Chevron Corp fell 0.6 percent.

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McKenna met with her European and Chinese counterparts last week in Berlin to discuss the matter and the three will co-host a ministerial-level meeting in Canada in September to chart a path forward on climate change policy for major economies.

Previous year was the warmest since records began in the 19th century, as global average temperatures continued a rise dating back decades that leading climate scientists attribute to man-made greenhouse gas emissions that trap heat in the atmosphere. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, as does Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Outside economists have said the cost to the USA of staying in the accord would have been minimal, as it allowed flexibility to adjust targets. Senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad but still would like to see if emissions targets can be changed.

Professor Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society, said the agreement had been the result of a consensus of the world's leading climate experts. Like the other officials, that person was not authorized to describe the private discussions by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

The Paris Agreement applies to both rich and poor countries, though it says the rich should take the lead in cutting emissions.

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