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United Nations says Trump climate move won't derail accord

United Nations says Trump climate move won't derail accord

"This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change".

He is breaking from many of America's staunchest allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision.

Withdrawal from the pact puts the U.S.in league with just two other nations - Syria and Nicaragua - that are not participating in the agreement.

The U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord has bolstered China's stature and diplomatic power, and could help Beijing achieve longer-term ambitions to upgrade its economy and dominate lucrative new industries.

Criticism of his decision rolled in from blue-chip companies like Facebook Inc, Apple Inc, Ford Motor Co and Microsoft Corp, while the response from fossil fuel groups with the most to gain from a relaxation of USA carbon emissions standards was muted.

Responding to Trump's pointing to his city, Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto called the decision "disastrous for our planet, for cities such as Pittsburgh", and a step that "has made America weaker and the world less safe".

Obama said Trump's decision reflected "the absence of American leadership", but that he was confident that USA cities, states and businesses will fill the void by taking the lead on protecting the climate.

The best part for Xi is that this hasn't cost him anything, Trump has done the damage to the United States all by himself, and is most likely unaware or uncaring of the likely consequences, which go well beyond the blow to the image of the United States as a global leader.




The president, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S. The White House said the USA will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway.

She said Canada and Japan had not signed the letter either, but all three countries have the same view that they remain committed to the deal. The decision has no direct impact on major USA regulations on power plants and vehicle rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well. During Trump's speech, the faint sounds of protesters could be heard in the distance banging drums.

The leader of the country to next hold the rotating presidency of the European Union called Trump's decision "very bad, very negative". A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration said on January 5 in a document that lays out its plan to develop the nation's energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period. There will be no new deal for Trump, the boastful dealmaker, to make. In Denmark, where Vestas is based, Energy Minister Lars Chr. Lilleholt says he's planning a trip to the U.S.in the fall in an effort to promote renewable energy at the state level, "regardless" what Washington D.C. decides.

He said India along with China would double their coal-fired power plants in the years to come, gaining a financial advantage over the US.

White House aides have been divided on the question of staying or leaving the accord and had been deliberating on "caveats in the language" as late as Wednesday, one official said.

So was opposition from environmental groups.

Trump said the Paris agreement was poorly negotiated and would harm the USA economy.


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