White House Just Won't Say If Trump Believes in Climate Change

In a statement, Exxon stressed that the accord included emissions-reduction pledges from China and India, developing countries that are major polluters. "Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions, it fails to live up to our environmental ideals..."

In part that is because the Paris agreement only went into effect previous year, it's voluntary, and doesn't carry penalties for countries that fall short of emissions-cutting targets. They can do whatever they want for 13 years.

He said Trump's decision to pull out of the accord has worked as a mobilizing force in some American cities and states, such as California, Washington and NY states.

New drilling methods have made gas cheaper, allowing it to replace coal in many US power plants.

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We believe the Paris Agreement sends the right market signals to provide predictability, unlock capital, drive innovation and reward responsible companies. Responding state-by-state or city-by-city means that we will not get to that lowest-cost option as quickly or as consistently. "Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants".

Separately, the Trump administration is reviewing fuel-economy standards that were reaffirmed in the final days of President Barack Obama's tenure.

Closer to the US, Enqrique Peña Nieto, the President of Mexico stated, "Mexico maintains its support and commitment to the Paris agreement to stop the effects of global climate change".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "We are also ready to cooperate with worldwide community members, including the USA, to push for low carbon generation globally". Bloomberg - who is the world's 10th-richest person - serves as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and he has long advocated aggressive climate measures. We are seeing private sector engagement on climate change grow exponentially across the board, with businesses everywhere committing to a suite of effective policies including pricing carbon and setting science-based targets.

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Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, also refused to say whether Trump believes in climate change.

"The decision is based on last century's economics and will turn the United States into last century's economy", Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute (WRI) think-tank, predicted.

Only two other countries - Syria and Nicaragua - are not signatories of the Paris Accord, with Nicaragua refusing to sign because the agreement didn't do enough. This means that large corporations like BP and Shell, which are based in Europe, will still have to toe the politically correct line in their worldwide operations.

Russian president Vladimir Putin, however, said he would not judge Mr Trump for quitting the landmark climate pact, although he felt Washington could have stayed in the agreement, and renegotiation was still possible.

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Juncker tweeted that the withdrawal - announced by Trump in a highly anticipated statement from the White House rose Garden - was "a seriously wrong decision". The Trump administration has since pulled out of the Paris Agreement, dramatically increased the number of undocumented immigrant arrests, cut arts education funding significantly, and continued to stand against refugee intake.

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