Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Why China is stepping up against climate change

The study makes worst-case assumptions that may inflate the cost of meeting US targets under the Paris accord while largely ignoring the economic benefits to USA businesses from building and operating renewable energy projects. "Our deepest, deepest apologies", wrote one Twitter user, who was apparently from the US.

Donald Trump said that nations such as China and India are benefiting the most from the Paris Agreement.

Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted that the Chancellor was "disappointed" by Trump's decision, adding: "Now more than ever we will work for global climate policies that save our planet".

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top officials from the European Union are on Friday set to reaffirm their commitment to a landmark climate change agreement, a day after President Donald Trump said he was pulling the United States out of the Paris accord. Hundreds of companies had lobbied the Trump administration to remain in the agreement.

"She said that the Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses".

Speaking to European business leaders alongside Li, Juncker said EU-China ties are underpinned by "a rules-based global system".

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In April, a startup investor shelled out $400,000 to run ads in the New York Times and the Washington Post urging Musk to "dump Trump".

With the USA midterm elections due in 2018 it was, even for Mr Trump, literally a "no-brainer". But conservative Republicans are far less supportive of the Paris agreement than liberal Democrats, according to the Pew Research Center. Trump also has expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken USA industry. Different countries have been treated differently only for one reason - developed countries, on a per capita basis, produce more greenhouse gases than developing countries. Jake Jacoby said the actual global impact of meeting targets under the Paris accord would be to curb rising temperatures by 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Obama had committed the contributing $3 billion to the fund, which aims to help developing countries adapt to climate change and develop low-emission energy technologies. "We can not overlook the fact that climate change remains one of the biggest environmental risks to humanity". Climate change is real.

THE FACTS: This study was paid for by two groups that have long opposed environmental regulation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council for Capital Formation.

"The White House's reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet", Gov. Cuomo said in a press release.

European Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete told reporters in Brussels he deeply regretted the US pullout from the pact to fight the dangers of global warming, which was signed by more than 190 countries, and said it could not be renegotiated as Trump has suggested [B5N1G8011].

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