Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Pruitt: Trump has 'indicated that climate changes'

When U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement on climate change, he singled out one U. S. city to make his case.

So why the hysteria now, since the Paris agreement, like Kyoto, places demands on the developed world, led by the US, that it does not on the developing world, led by China?

That is, that Trump is judged by different standards than previous USA presidents for doing the same things they've done. "The United States has a seat at the table". American Bridge 21st Century, a progressive political action committee, called the potential withdrawal "catastrophic" in a statement earlier this week, saying it threatens 11 million jobs being supported by made-in-America exports. Its own video refers, for example, to major companies such as Exxonmobil and Microsoft which "disagree" that the accord will "undermine" U.S. jobs, and quotes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on the urgent need to fight carbon emissions.

May said: "I've made the UK's position on the Paris agreement very clear". A small part of that money would go to the U.N.Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Bonn-based office that coordinates global implementation of the Paris Agreement. BMW's auto plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was America's largest single auto exporter, sending $9.5 billion worth of SUVs to the rest of the world. We're actually making tremendous advances. I think they applauded because they knew it would put this country at a disadvantage.

He echoed Trump's attack on members of the agreement as having economic rather than environmental motives. "There is no backsliding on the Paris Agreement", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

THE FACTS: The U.S. coal industry was in decline long before the Paris accord was signed in 2015.

The mayor's action was a swift rebuttal to the President who, in defending his widely criticized decision Thursday, said he was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not of Paris.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn face Question Time grilling
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell responded to the Fallon's remarks, saying the "mask has finally slipped". The Labour leader said: "I'm very sorry this is not a debate, this is a series of questions".

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, was similarly evasive on the topic.

Former President Barack Obama expressed regret over Trump's decision and told the New York Times: "The nations that remain in the Paris agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created".

That pledge has become the gold standard in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, led by Vancouver, which hosted a summit last month to help cities reach that ambitious target.

The meeting will end with a joint statement pledging full implementation of the Paris deal, committing China and the European Union to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries reduce their emissions.

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

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Sunday defended the US exit from the Paris climate accord, saying it will benefit the country and create more jobs.

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