Durham, Chapel Hill mayors commit to Paris agreement

Jerry Brown and top Silicon Valley tech business leaders are denouncing President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the worldwide Paris Climate Accord agreement.

Trump's announcement that the US would leave the Paris accord immediately sparked global criticism, deepening perceptions of an America in retreat after recent reversals on free trade and foreign aid.

She said the withdrawal compounded suspicions about USA leadership that Trump has fueled by leaving the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and by questioning the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance. "In fact the president said yesterday that Paris represents a bad deal for this country, but it doesn't mean we're not going to continue the discussion, to export our innovation, to export our technology to the rest of the world, to demonstrate how we do it better here", Pruitt stated. She was scathing in her criticism of Trump's move in a statement issued Thursday.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused May of "subservience" to Trump.

At an election campaign event in York, he said: "Given the chance to present a united front from our worldwide partners she (Mrs May) has instead opted for silence and once again subservience to Donald Trump".

"It's a dereliction of both her duty to this country and our duty to our planet".

Marshall Burke, a resource economist at Stanford University who's been modeling the effects of climate change on world and national GDPs over the course of the century, is taking an even longer view.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron urged the Prime Minister to use whatever influence she has over the United States president to urge him to reverse his decision.

You might be surprised Elon was a Trump advisor in the first place - I certainly was when I first heard of this prospect.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said Mrs May's "slow and timid" response to the U.S. announcement was another sign of her weakness.

Merkel, whose country hosts this year's global climate summit, called Trump's decision "extremely regrettable, and that's putting it very mildly". May noted that Japan and Canada - fellow members of the G7 group of nations - also were not signatories, but like Britain remain committed to the Paris agreement.

"He picked the study that has the least impact of the Paris agreement on the global temperature increase".

On Thursday, Trump announced that the United States would end its membership in the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed in 2015 by former President Barack Obama. "You shouldn't make a noise about this, but should create the conditions for joint work", Putin said at an economic forum, adding that Trump had said he wanted to renegotiate a new deal. A changing climate affects our food supply, the spread of infectious disease, our water systems and air quality, and much more. The city has a climate action plan committing to boost the use of renewable energy.

Mr Trump's decision prompted criticism from many U.S. business leaders, including clean tech entrepreneur and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk and Robert Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, who said they had resigned from the president's advisory council over the issue. It was false. He does not know anything about the agreement he is walking away from.

Trump pulls USA out of climate pact: is China set to lead?

"China has expressed very clear signals that it wants to take more leadership in terms of promoting trade and global cooperation against climate change", said Frank Yu, a China-based renewables consultant for the firm Wood Mackenzie. After all, the Silicon Valley has been anything but friendly to Trump, and their ideals greatly differ from those of the USA president.

"I can't say. I haven't asked him".

"I would even offer him some Yorkshire tea".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker went so far as to suggest that China's continuing overproduction of steel was helping to fan populist political sentiment in Europe. A pre-Paris agreement between the two nations - the world's two largest emitters - galvanized worldwide action that culminated in the final deal endorsed by almost 200 governments.

  • Carolyn Briggs