China vows to uphold Paris climate deal

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had urged Trump to stay in the Paris deal, did not attend the ceremony, nor did Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, both close advisers to the president who supported staying in the agreement. He'd essentially ditched the deal long before Thursday, they say. The U.S.is now one of only three nations to reject the agreement.

"We at Under Armour are disappointed by the Administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement as climate change continues to threaten our planet, our cities and our economies", Plank said. Instead, he vowed to keep ties with the US strong, and said Europe's links to the USA are more durable than the decisions of the current US administration.

Obama was instrumental during the Paris Agreement negotiations, but the Europeans and Chinese have signaled their intent to go forward with emissions reductions whether or not the US joins in. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants...in short, it doesn't eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers them out of America and the US, and ships them to foreign countries. Together, California, Washington, and NY represent one-fifth of the United States' GDP - creating an economy larger than most countries that are party to the Paris agreement. But the world now counts on the leadership of China, Germany and others committed to fighting climate change to steer the way forward.

"We are all waiting now for the remarks by the president to translate into action and make trade and investment more open, more free", Malmstrom told the Brussels conference.

But now that Donald Trump has officially announced his intention to leave the Paris Agreement, which is where the countries had officially signed their pledges, the Green Climate Fund is short $2 billion. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects. "Recent observations show they are now on the way toward overcoming this challenge". Anger, fear, worry and pity for the those who will feel the effects of Trump's reckless decision.

Hua also said China would like to work with the global community, including the United States, to expand cooperation in handling climate change.

Protest demonstrations in several cities and hectic consultations between major world leaders have been going on in the last 24 hours as the world tried to come to terms with the shock withdrawal of the United States from the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. "The world can not wait - and neither will we". The leaders of Chevvron and Exxon also reconfirmed their commitment to the agreement, according to The Telegraph.

China and India are switching decisively to planet-friendly technologies because they know it is in their own interests, and the world's, to do so.

Climate scientist Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, took particular exception to Trump's comment, tweeting yesterday: "Donald Trump just lied to the world. Renewable energy has become so economically favorable that it now displaces coal in China, India and also in the U.S". The bulk of the decisions which drive USA climate action in the aggregate are made by cities, states, businesses and civil society.

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