Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Bustos is Disappointed by Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside of the White House on Saturday morning to thank him for upholding his campaign pledge to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his "climate change" minister Catherine McKenna are both "disappointed" over President Donald Trump's decision to break with the Paris climate accord. "It's about opportunity, stewardship and America's standing as a global leader".

Mr Bloomberg is the United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change.

His decision, announced on Thursday, triggered widespread global condemnation.

It commits the U.S. and 194 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2° above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5°.

"We've had over 50,000. coal jobs, mining jobs created in this country" in the last few months, Pruitt said.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley bucked the trend, saying Trump does believe that human activity plays some part in climate change during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" that aired on Sunday.

French President Emmanuel Macron (centre), Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (right) and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg speak after their meeting in Paris.

"We are already halfway there and we can accelerate our process further even without any support from Washington", Bloomberg said.

China said it was a responsible country that had been working hard on tackling climate change.

In Cleveland, Mr. Brancatelli's biggest fear is whether Mr. Trump might threaten to retaliate against cities that support the Paris agreement by slashing crucial community-development grants.

Notre Dame students walk out on Pence commencement address
The school invited Pence to speak after students signed a petition against having President Trump speak at the commencement. After walking out, one unidentified graduate said to CNN: "Either we are all Notre Dame , or none of us are".

Mr. Trump complained the deal would "hamstring" USA energy business, particularly the embattled coal industry, and that it favours competitors such as China and India over the interests of the United States.

But while Mr. Trump's announcement this week may galvanize cities and states to band together on climate policy, a much more significant issue for environmental supporters is the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts to funding for clean-energy programs and investment, said Mark Muro, director of policy at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program.

It may be years before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation.

Can it all be renegotiated?

Tapping into the "America First" message he used on the election trail, Trump announced the withdrawal on Thursday, saying that participating would undermine the USA economy, wipe out, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to others.

Cities are chief among them, with more than 2,500 municipalities pledging to take action in the effort to fight climate change since the agreement was negotiated in 2015.

Clearly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders are hopeful that the states and cities will keep up the momentum for emission reductions in the United States.

What are they saying in America?

True to his word, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is leaving the president's economic advisory council.

Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry have cheered Trump's action.

What was agreed in Paris? "It's an important global agreement on climate change".

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