Trump Has Made the 2020 Election a Referendum on Climate Change

How much can they do on a local level?

Solar and other green energies are booming, and economists have argued that Trump's push to prop up the fossil fuel industry could result in less investment in the clean energy sector.

The announcement has received criticism from many parts of the world, with environmental campaigners saying American absence will make it considerable harder for the remaining countries to reach their agreed goals, given that the USA was responsible for about 15 percent of global emissions of carbon and promised 3 billion US dollars to help other countries. "We will support them and fight on their side".

"Yesterday, the government of a great nation renounced its climate obligations, but a nation is not only its government", Macron said.

Tillerson said people need to recognize that the USA has a "terrific record" of reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, adding that it is "something I think we can be proud of".

U.S. billionaire Michael Bloomberg has put his money where his mouth is by offering US$15 million to the United Nations to help tackle climate change.

"Global climate change is the most significant issue that we face", she said.

It is no surprise that Trump has reneged on the United States' commitment to the deal.

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

Another coal mine is due to open soon about an hour and a half's drive outside Pittsburgh, but it will bring with it just 70 jobs.

Mr Trump also mentioned the other so-called Rust Belt cities of Youngstown, Ohio, whose Democratic mayor said "nothing about the USA withdrawal would seem to indicate any form of job creation" for his city, and Detroit, Michigan, whose mayor has not yet commented.

Power stations - some of them, that is. In the USA, natural gas has overtaken it as a power station fuel, partly due to fracking bringing the prices down.

Juncker told the business conference on Friday that China and the European Union recognised the need for global solutions and this was nowhere more important than full implementation of the Paris agreement.

It hasn't been a major source of heat for people's homes for years, either, having been largely overtaken by gas.

The third reason for forging on with Paris-level climate action, despite Trump's treaty rejection, centers around US industries, which Donald Trump is counting on to create jobs.

In an oblique reference to pleas from European leaders at the G-7 summit in Sicily recently that the US must stay on in the treaty, the President said: "Foreign leaders in Europe, Asia, and across the world should not have more to say with respect to the USA economy than our own citizens and their elected representatives".

Most Republicans cheered the withdrawal, agreeing with Trump that the accord threatened USA businesses in the global marketplace. They will find themselves with less federal co-ordination but alongside USA cities and states.


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