White House Just Won't Say If Trump Believes in Climate Change

Former U.S. president Barack Obama expressed regret over the action, saying: "The nations that remain in the Paris agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created".

Both, however, were already well on their way to cutting greenhouse gas emissions before Trump even became president, and it's unclear just how much difference their re-energized vows will make for the world's climate.

Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce and VDMA engineering industry group warned that USA companies could gain short-term advantages by Trump's decision.

Bruce appeared on the show Friday morning for a segment on Trump's Paris accord decision and the mainstream media's reaction to it, which host Ainsley Earnhardt deemed "pretty brutal". This, at a time when developing nations India and China are moving at a fast clip towards renewable energy by tapping solar and wind power in a big way. The nationalist tabloid Global Times asserted in an editorial that Beijing's "attitude toward the Paris deal is not related to geopolitics".

Mr Obama had the U.S. "join" the agreement by way of an executive order instead of going through Congress for a formal treaty ratification because the administration felt climate deniers would block it. Mr Pruitt himself said he was not convinced anything could be done about the impact of human activity on climate change.

In phone calls shortly after his pullout announcement, Trump sought to assure leaders of Germany, France, Britain and Canada that "America remains committed to ... robust efforts to protect the environment", according to a White House statement.

The US move could spell a "death blow" to the Paris agreement, it is felt.

Inslee, Brown and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the creation of a "climate alliance" for states committed to the Paris goals.

In 2012, Trump tweeted that climate change was a hoax perpetrated by China, and this week his aides repeatedly declined to answer directly when asked if he believes in the phenomenon.

"To everyone for whom the future of our planet is important, I say let's continue going down this path so we're successful for our Mother Earth", she said to applause from lawmakers.

USA state and local leaders have also made it clear they're fighting the decision and will continue to fight climate change, with or without federal support.

Mr Pruitt said the United States would continue to "export clean coal.innovation and technology" and "teach them" about how to run their energy sector.

The Washington Truth March will occur blocks away from the White House at the Washington Monument, and there will be hours of overlap between the two events.

"What's really happening here is the president may have unwittingly added dynamism to the same actors that have always been the ones that are delivering the reductions to actually do more on their own", he told AFP.

  • Zachary Reyes