Europe & China reaffirm commitment to combat climate change

Trump's decision Thursday to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accord dealt a significant blow to the worldwide hopes of fighting climate change and prompted criticism from business leaders and foreign heads-of-state across the world.

Trump said on Thursday that the USA will leave the Paris climate deal, making it one of three countries-along with Syria and Nicaragua, the latter of which didn't believe the pact went far enough-to hold out of the deal. When asked, Spicer said "I have not had an opportunity to have that discussion" with Trump. Probably - there's overwhelming evidence he's a brazen climate denier - but it'd be nice to get some clarification from the president or someone who can speak on his behalf.

The foundation will provide the $15 million commitment the United Nations climate change secretariat will lose from Washington to ensure there is no disruption in their work, he said.

"It is imperative to avoid undermining global agreements such as the Paris agreement, which is a global symbol of joint cooperation and has strengthened multilateralism".

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn dismissed concerns about potential economic fallout from the climate deal withdrawal, such as the potential of other countries slapping tariffs on American manufacturers.

Does he still believe it's a Chinese plot to make the U.S. less competitive, as he tweeted in November 2012?

The Secretary of State - like other Cabinet colleagues and a swathe of top American CEOs - advised Trump not to jettison the climate agreement.

Experts say such aggressive action, which has served as a blueprint for the rest of the country as well as other nations, including China, puts the western state in a prime position to continue leading the charge against climate change.

"I think the administration in (Washington) DC has only emboldened both the public and elected officials in the state to step up and go bigger". The Paris accord, Crane said, was the "first thing that's become actionable, where we spoke up in one voice, and he's gone in the opposite direction".

Iran faces particular challenges from climate change, having suffered years of worsening drought and dust storms, compounded by poor water resource management.

"The outlook for US energy production will be determined far more by market conditions, like the price of oil and gas, than by scrapping the Obama-era environmental regulations", Bordoff said.

It is exactly this type of rigorous diplomacy which is essential to ensure the USA remains committed to the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations, rather than continuing on an isolationist path.

"We will succeed because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again", said Macron, tweaking the "Make America great again" slogan promoted by Trump.

'That's the message mayors, governors, and business leaders all across the United States have been sending'. As adviser Kellyanne Conway explained it in a story in The Post, "he started with a conclusion, and the evidence brought him to the same conclusion".

  • Zachary Reyes