Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Nobody at White House will say whether Trump believes in climate change

Melinda Barton | 04 June, 2017, 03:42

Here's how Pruitt responded to a question from an ABC News reporter, who asked: "I'm hoping you can clear this up once and for all".

Spicer also did not know - he got asked - if Trump meant to replace Tesla topper Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger - both of whom exited the president's advisory council over Thursday's Paris accord pullout.

Tapping into the "America First" message he used on the election trail, Trump announced the withdrawal on Thursday.

Bloomberg's donation will make up for the US's contribution to the UN's Climate Secretariat, which aids countries in implementing the agreement.

"It was a transfer of wealth from the most powerful economy in the world to other countries around the planet", he said.

Charlie Baker said Friday he's chose to partner with other states to combat climate change.

The governors of four New England states are joining a bipartisan coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

It found that seven in 10 registered voters (69 per cent) said the USA should participate in the agreement, compared with only 13 per cent who said the United States should not.

Germany's Merkel, a pastor's daughter who is usually intensely private about her faith, said the accord was needed "to preserve our Creation".

"I would say that there are climate exaggerators".

More than 100 people say on Facebook they are attending the rally. "We will support them and fight on their side".

At one point the president made a somewhat oblique reference to current climate science, asserting that even if all nations hit their self-set, non-mandatory greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris agreement, it would only result in a 0.2% reduction in average global temperatures by the year 2100.

Earlier, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "There is no reverse gear to energy transition".

Jason Bordoff, an energy-policy expert at Columbia University, said withdrawing from the Paris agreement would make no difference to the US energy outlook or economy. It allows him tell the majority of Americans who believe climate change is a real global threat that he is trying to address their concerns.

They believe humans are causing it.

. He said the United States will continue efforts to reduce its emissions despite Trump's decision.

"Again, I think - I think that speaks for itself", the official said.

A number of figures from U.S. industry expressed their dismay at Trump's move.

A spokesperson for Starbucks, which in the past has partnered with environmental groups to promote climate action and has called climate change a "crisis" for coffee farmers and others, declined to comment on Trump's action. "Industry must now lead and not depend on government". Disney CEO Robert Iger and Tesla CEO Elon Musk both left the president's advisory council after the announcement, and companies like Google and Shell have criticized the decision. "It put us at an economic disadvantage".

It allows administration surrogates like Mr Pruitt to tout that the United States has lowered its carbon output without acknowledging the only reason this would be a noteworthy accomplishment - human activity affects the global climate. It tweeted: "Clean coal, you can find that next to the unicorns and leprechauns".