Climate change denier Trump surrenders United States leadership: Greenpeace

The temperature in the White House Press Briefing Room dropped precipitously when EPA honcho Scott Pruitt joined the ranks of Team Trump-ers refusing to say whether the guy who just pulled the USA out of the Paris climate accord remains a climate-change denier.

The move was also roundly condemned throughout the U.S.as mayors and state governors said they would continue to commit to the climate change agreement.

Brussels and Beijing are reaffirming their commitment to the agreement and laying out steps for achieving some of its goals.

After the US withdrawal from the Paris deal sparked pledges of money and solidarity, Figueres said via Twitter on Friday, "Thank you Trump".

Global leaders and scientists are saying jobs can be created in green technology, which will give the China the edge. The U.S. only sources about 13 per cent of its electricity from renewables.

Trump cited China's continued emissions as one justification for withdrawing from the climate accord, which the Republican said unfairly burdened USA industries.

Trump, who prides himself on his business savvy, called the accord the "latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States". We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. "In the worst possible outcome, the US announcement could eventually even lead to the broad Paris coalition unravelling", he said.

Importantly, many large businesses support climate change mitigation.

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In the US, many city and state officials made clear that the position of the federal government did not represent the majority of American opinion and promised to continue reducing their fossil fuel footprint, with or without support from Trump.

Bloomberg said he is also organizing an effort to have a group of mayors, governors, university presidents and businesses added on to the Paris climate deal.

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.

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

Less finance will dim US influence.

Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., said in a lengthy statement Thursday that the technology giant was "disappointed" with Trump's decision.

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025. And in absence of any global climate control framework, the earth may warm up to 5 C or more, a Time report said quoting co-director of the MIT program John Reilly.

"We will now start the process of increasing our goals to lower emissions even further and faster, because bluntly. we're going to have to shoulder more of the burden now", he said.

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A commentary in Germany's centre-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung sees a certain "cold logic" in Mr Trump's move, in that he appears to prefer to deal with migration with "walls and weapons" rather than action to limit global warming.

Asked point-blank whether Trump believes in climate change.

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Despite this, a number of figures from U.S. industry expressed their dismay at Mr Trump's move.

Congressional Republicans applauded the decision, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky saying Trump had "put families and jobs ahead of left-wing ideology and should be commended". "We will support them and fight on their side".

Business investors seemed pleased, with stock prices, already up for the day, bumping higher as he spoke and the Dow Jones industrial average rising 135 points for the day. It recently cancelled construction of more than 100 new coal-fired power plants and plans to invest at least $360 billion in green-energy projects by the end of the decade.

US neighbor Canada also dismissed the idea of slapping on carbon tariffs.

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