Trump abandons Paris climate change agreement

"Climate change is the great existential threat of our time".

President Donald Trump's pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China's unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warming and promoting green technology, and on global matters far removed from the environment.

Worldwide leaders and scientists are saying jobs can be created in green technology, which will give the China the edge.

And "Dija Shuaige Pifa" added that the US's exit from the agreement "is really good news for China, as the world will get to see the goodwill of China", pointing out that the country is the world's leading investor in renewable energy. On the 1990 baseline, the USA will cut emissions by 13-15% by 2025 and 23-27% by 2030.

During the transition period, Trump paraded prospective hires through the Trump Tower lobby in NY and welcomed them over a weekend to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, posing with them for journalists.

In his blog The Resurgent, Erickson suggested many of those outraged by Trump's decision possess a spirituality that differs from the beliefs held by most conservative Christians.

The Paris agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events.

He said the deal would have cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

White House talking points on the decision sent to Republican lawmakers Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press made similar arguments.

The official said: "I have not talked to the president about his personal views on whether - I was not with the president on his trip".

In a phone call with the USA president shortly after his White House announcement, Mrs May expressed her "disappointment" at the move and stressed the United Kingdom remains committed to the landmark 2015 agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump's domestic critics included Obama, who said the United States was "joining a handful of nations that reject the future".

Meanwhile, African nations are protesting Trump's decision. Criticizing Trump in a personal capacity, and not on behalf of the bipartisan panel that advises Congress, she added: "He's just making it easier for them by pulling the USA back from the position of global responsibility".

She denied it showed she is subservient to Mr Trump, and said she had made it clear in her telephone call on Thursday night that the United Kingdom continues to support the agreement and the Government wanted the U.S. to remain in the deal.

The White House said it would stick to United Nations rules for withdrawing from the pact. There is provision to withdraw, but notice can be given only three years after entry. Twenty-five companies, including technology giants Apple, Facebook and Google, took out an advertisement in major newspapers on 1 June arguing that exiting the Paris accord would harm USA economic competitiveness.

Unsurprisingly, there are many other highly-qualified people out there who echo their justified sense of panic and disappointment. Earlier this year, Xi made a high-profile speech in Davos, Switzerland, embracing at least the idea of an economic globalization that Western leaders like Trump are increasingly fleeing.

Former US president Barack Obama was instrumental in brokering the deal and, in a statement, he expressed regret over Mr Trump's action.

"This action by Donald Trump is great news for the economy and could save as many as 6 million U.S.jobs".

Tweeting a picture of a floodlit Paris City Hall, the French capital's socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote: 'Regardless of #Trump's decision, cities will apply #ParisAgreement.

Other US cities, such as Boston and Washington DC, also joined in.

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May was accused by opponents Friday of failing to stand up to the United States over its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

The Republican vowed at the time to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster US oil and coal industries. "This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States".

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".

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said pulling out of the deal was "abandoning America's leadership in the fight against the climate crisis". "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I can not in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States".

The official said: "Again, I think that speaks for itself".

To Washington's chagrin, China a year ago set up its own development bank to meet needs left unfilled by USA -led institutions like the World Bank.