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Trump withdraws US from Paris climate accord
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02 June, 2017

The most bewildering part of President Donald Trump's speech on Thursday - and there were plenty of bewildering moments - was when, in a nationalistic fervor, he chose to blame the Midwest for his ridiculous decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

Not everyone is upset by Trump's decision.

"Am departing presidential councils".

Other tech and industrial sector representatives expressed frustration with the White House's decision and pledged to continue working to combat global warming.

"Disappointed with today's decision on the Paris Agreement", Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, wrote on Twitter.

Tech industry leaders were particularly torn, seeing both half-empty and half-full glasses on the table.

"After years of policies that put America second, we now have an administration and president focused on making America competitive again", Jenkins said.

David Ciplet, an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, said Trump's decision appears to come on the heels of years of efforts by the fossil fuel industry to undermine science on climate change in the pursuit of profits.

Tyler White, who heads the Kentucky Coal Association told a radio station the deal prevented growth.

Obama said the USA "should be at the front of the pack" when it came to lowering emissions and developing green technology. The automaker said on Thursday that despite the withdrawal it "will not waver from our commitment to the environment".

Trump had vowed during the election campaign to "cancel" the Paris agreement within 100 days of becoming president on January 20 in order to bolster U.S. oil and coal giant, which bankrolled his campaign. "I was in Paris with 500 mayors around the world".

Lizzie Chambers, at Carbon Match, a web-based emission unit trading facility, said spot prices in New Zealand had been steady around $16.70 for the past few days and trading had been extremely light.

"I am especially encouraged by the commitment being shown by China, India, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and the vast majority of other nations".

"It's the first major worldwide accord to address climate change that includes emissions reduction pledges from both developed and developing economies", he told AFP.

In 2013, GM signed a declaration joining other major companies arguing that responding to climate change was good business.

Musk said on Wednesday that he had done "all I can" to convince Trump to stay in the accord, and threatened to leave the presidential advisory councils if Trump announced a US exit from the accord.

"I think Americans are pretty important". That expected meeting, if it comes through, will now take place under a cloud of misgivings, including the Trump administration's crackdown of guest worker visas that is adversely affecting Indian businesses, its squeeze on USA manufacturing overseas that is forcing a scaling down of United States investment in India, and now its withdrawal from the climate change accord after previous administrations dragged New Delhi kicking and screaming into it.

"This is long overdue", Tom Del Beccaro said.


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