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Big US firms stay on White House panel despite climate jolt

Kenny Thornton | 04 June, 2017, 12:53

"But the bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair to the U.S.", he said.

The group is still hashing out the details after an initial rush of statements from mayors condemning Trump's decision, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) said in a phone interview Thursday.

"I call on them, come and work here with us to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment", he said.

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. "We make clear that if we want to limit warming to 2 °C, we need to do more and we need continued effort past 2030".

"The world applauded when we joined Paris".

"They will find in France a second homeland", he said.

China on Friday said it will uphold the Paris climate agreement after the U.S. pulled out from it, saying that as a "responsible" major country, it was Beijing's responsibility to carry forward the principles of the accord.

Juncker tweeted that the withdrawal - announced by Trump in a highly anticipated statement from the White House rose Garden - was "a seriously wrong decision".

Two French citizens injured in London attack: President's office
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation and offered his support for the United Kingdom in a tweet Saturday. Witnesses also told of men with large knives stabbing passersby at nearby Borough Market , according to the AP.

Speaking at the White House Thursday afternoon, Trump said he will cease implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which called for the United States to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement also established a $100 billion fund to help vulnerable countries deal with the effects of climate change.

However, that did not materialise and, speaking at the White House, the United States president said: "In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the USA will withdraw from the Paris climate accord [.] but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the U.S.". He made very clear yesterday what he doesn't believe, which is that the USA government should stay in an agreement that gives us too much of the financial burden, too much risks to these industries where the coalminers, people who work in cement and paper, people who he looked in the eye...

Merkel says Germany and others "will combine our forces more resolutely than address and tackle big challenges for humanity such as climate change".

Almost 4,000 miles away, Parisian Raphael Angeli said Trump's decision puts him at odds with many of his fellow citizens and much of the world.

When the Bill Clinton/Al Gore White House (yes, that Al Gore) first contemplated ratifying Kyoto, the U.S. Senate voted 95 to 0 - all Democrats, all Republicans - that it would refuse to ratify the treaty unless it made the same demands of China and the developing world that it did of the United States.

Trump, pointing towards India and China, said the deal "disadvantages the United States to the exclusive betterment of other countries". "Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants".


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