Trump's 'big mistake' on climate doesn't outweigh ties with Europe

The State Department is declining to say whether Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended President Donald Trump's announcement that he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, and instead referred questions about his attendance to the White House.

Further, "India makes its participation [in the Paris climate treaty] contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries", Trump continued.

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

Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign the deal, ratified on 4 November 2016.

Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank joined a growing chorus of corporate executives criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Reading from a prepared text, he refrained from repeating his favorite falsehood about climate change-that it is "a hoax" invented by the Chinese to undermine the USA economy.

"We are committed to ensuring that we will do our best to address the issue related to climate change and global warming", Vardhan told reporters. And in the real world the response to villainy doesn't come from a heroic special agent but through the collaborative response of a wide array of actors - other countries, USA cities, many of America's most powerful states, and hundreds of businesses and civil society organizations. They proved that pulling out of Paris is not representative of all of us, and that there is a USA constituency that will not shirk the climate challenge. In a token nod to her views, Trump said the U.S will be open to renegotiating the Paris Accord.

After the USA withdrawal from the Paris deal sparked pledges of money and solidarity, Figueres said via Twitter on Friday, "Thank you Trump".

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make United States manufacturing non-competitive", Trump wrote in a November 2012 tweet. He had even termed the climate change accord a hoax.

Most bioenergy industry leaders have not released statements on withdrawing from the agreement, which could take years to complete, raising the question of whether it could be undone if Trump is not re-elected. Many feared - and Steve Bannon hoped ― that a USA withdrawal would create a domino collapse of global confidence in Paris.

On Thursday, the Sierra Club, an environmental group, was scathing about Trump's endorsement of what he regards as clean coal.

MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was pulling together a broad coalition of cities, states and the private sector to prepare an "American Pledge", a replacement set of strategies to meet America's Paris commitment to a 26% emissions cut, using state and local policy tools and corporate commitments, all aggregated and formally reported to the United Nations in place of the federal government reports previously envisaged.

Rick Perry, U.S. secretary of Energy said the U.S. will no longer be bound by an agreement unilaterally entered into by the Obama Administration. "President Trump's decision will prove to be the right course of action and one I fully support". Our work and deeds are more important than empty words. "I know that's harsh, but it's just how I feel".

The U.S. will continue to be actively engaged in the development of global energy and the world leader in the development of next generation technology, Perry said, adding that he's traveling to Japan and China to discuss the benefits of all forms of energy, including nuclear, fossil, liquid natural gas and renewables, as well as the technological advances such as carbon capture.

  • Zachary Reyes