EPA chief defends Trump's action on climate accord

Two post-election surveys conducted by the Yale Program for Climate Communication found that more than two-thirds (69%) of registered voters believed the USA should honor the Paris climate agreement-including almost half of Trump voters (47 percent). The school noted yesterday that the number cited by Trump is "misleading" because it measures the Paris agreement's incremental impact over a previous Copenhagen agreement, and that it assumes the countries will not strengthen their commitments to fighting climate change after 2030.

Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate deal on Thursday night came as a shock to the public and was one which did not go down well in many quarters. With them, we will speak out and continue to work on behalf of the Paris agreement.

"President Trump can turn his back on the world, but the world cannot ignore the very real threat of climate change". "It's the most significant geopolitically".

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"As of today", Trump said in the White House Rose Garden, with a jazz band sitting idly by, "the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country".

He said he would notify the UN Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that USA cities, states, businesses and others would aim to meet the US's commitment to reducing emissions 26 per cent below the 2005 levels by 2025.

So Trump may now be against the Paris agreement, but it seems he wasn't always against the environment.

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MSCI ACWI .MIWD00000PUS , an index of 46 stock markets in the world, hit a record high , having gained 0.6 percent on Thursday. The index hit a 2-1/2-year high of 57.7 in February amid optimism over President Donald Trump's pro-business policy proposals.

It will take several years before the world "will have a proper understanding of what the implications are" of the USA withdrawal, Terblanche said.

His state is joining ranks with Washington and NY in what is being called the United States Climate Alliance (USCA).

The countries who signed onto the Paris accords of 2015 have agreed to a goal of keeping the earth's temperature within 2 degrees Celsius - 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit - of pre-industrial levels.

"We will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair". We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice.

EPA head Scott Pruitt dodges, refuses to say if Trump believes human activity contributes to climate change.

Countries, cities, businesses are reiterating their commitment to the Paris Accord.

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