OECD holds out hope United States may return to Paris climate pact

Olive Rios
June 5, 2017

The Paris deal "really put an extraordinary burden on the economy while allowing some countries around the world like China and India go a decade or more without any accountability for reducing C02 emissions", Pence said.

There was a mix of dismay and anger across the world.

"I am proud to stand with other governors as we make sure that the inaction in D.C.is met by an equal force of action from the states", Inslee said in a press statement announcing the creation of the alliance on Thursday.

However, their reaction was in stark contrast with that of a number of major companies, which strongly criticised Trump's decision.

A weakening of those standards might help sell more SUVs to US consumers, but automakers still have to design and build electric and other fuel-efficient cars to meet mileage standards in California, China, Europe and elsewhere, Lindland said.

Trump's top climate adviser Scott Pruitt was indignant.

In a joint declaration, the heads of state of France, Germany and Italy said they had taken note of the American decision with regret, and reaffirmed their commitment "to implement the Paris agreement, including its climate financing objectives".

China, now the world's largest polluter, has emerged as Europe's unlikely partner in this and other areas - underlining Trump's isolation on many issues.

France said it would work with U.S. states and cities to keep up the fight against climate change.

Earlier, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "There is no reverse gear to energy transition".

U.S. think tank Climate Interactive predicts that if all nations fully achieve their Paris pledges, the average global surface temperature rise by 2100 will be 3.3C, or 3.6C without the US.

Peabody Energy, the US's largest publicly traded coal company, also praised the decision, claiming the current agreement could have damaged the USA economy.

FIJI: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who will serve as president of United Nations climate talks in Germany later this year, said Trump's announcement was "deeply disappointing" but added, "This is a struggle that is far from over". The idea that climate change isn't real, or it's overblown, or it's God's Plan, or whatever, there's nothing we can do about it, are among the most deeply held Republican dogma.

Yesterday, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, threatened to leave the president's' various councils on which he had served as an advisor if Trump withdrew from the climate deal.

Elon Musk, chief executive of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. and aerospace firm SpaceX, said Thursday he was resigning from White House advisory councils after Trump's announcement.

German industry associations also criticised Trump's decision, warning that it would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions. They recognize problems and address them, he said.

Twenty-nine USA states have adopted renewable portfolio standards, which requires them to sell a specified amount of renewable electricity, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The host of CNN's GPS, Fareed Zakaria, said in response to the president's position, "this is the day that the United States resigned as the leader of the free world". Environmental Entrepreneurs, an environmental advocacy group, said the withdrawal would put 3 million clean-energy jobs at risk.

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