Trump targets India over Paris Climate Agreement

Gwen Vasquez
June 2, 2017

"Am departing presidential councils, " Musk wrote on Twitter following Trump's announcement.

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the science of climate change and once called it a hoax perpetrated by China to weaken United States business.

As Politico reports, Obama didn't mince words when it came to his feelings about America's new place in the world.

While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, "since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics".

An analysis by the think tank Climate Interactive, estimated the US pledges would account for 21 percent of the total expected emissions cuts out to the year 2030 under the Paris agreement. We power almost all of our operations with renewable energy, which we believe is an example of something that's good for our planet and makes good business sense as well.

Trump promised during his campaign to bring back coal mining jobs.

Prompted by evidence demonstrating human impact on climate change, the Paris Agreement set a goal of limiting the global temperature increase to two degrees Celsius over the next century - or no more than two degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial age average temperature. "I would even say, this is an insane move by this president", Brown said in a conference call hosted by the nonprofit World Resources Institute.

The body's commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Canete pledged continued "global leadership" on climate change.

Ultimately, the lobbying by Trump's environmental protection chief Scott Pruitt and chief strategist Steve Bannon urging the president to leave won out.

The tech industry in particular has supported the Paris Agreement, and numerous big tech companies are now transitioning their giant, energy-guzzling data centers to using completely renewable energy.

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Weather.com's editor Sean Breslin weighed in on Twitter on Thursday afternoon to clarify that its messaging wasn't meant to troll Trump's decision, but rather to educate.

The world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership in the fight against climate change.

It added that it stands ready to engage in dialogue with the United States government regarding the implications of the announcement. "Italy is committed to reducing (carbon) emissions, to renewable energy, sustainable development".

"They use the environment, and they use the climate, as a vehicle for a political agenda", he said.

"A lot of people are making a lot of money", he said. "The rest of the world can not let the United States drag it down".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the group's vice president, said withdrawal from the agreement was "shortsighted" and called climate change a grave threat to coastal communities such as his, as well as the nation and the world.

The World's environment editor Peter Thomson remarked that Trump "sees the USA as being the victim here".

"The science on climate change is perfectly clear: we need more action, not less".

Or take greenhouse gas emissions, where China appears on course to far exceed its 2030 pledge.

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