Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

We (Still) Don't Know If Trump Believes In Climate Change

During the transition, he rolled out the welcome mat at Trump Tower, inviting a parade of CEOs from every industry imaginable.

He did not answer definitively, but said he would "do everything I can to ensure that any threat is actually dealt with earlier on by negotiations and by talks". The French president's call to #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain went viral online, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it's time to look ahead.

"The Paris Agreement represents the most flexible and dynamic approach to addressing climate change, and the withdrawal of the not only an abdication of global responsibility we all have to humankind, but damaging to multilateralism, the rule of law and trust between nations", said Modise.

"There's a lot of momentum that is already built into our economy that is propelling us toward a cleaner future", he said. In 2012, the Republican said he believes that climate data is part of an elaborate conspiracy cooked up by China to undermine the American economy.

"I think the whole question is an effort to get it off the point, and the issue of whether Paris is good for this country or not", Pruitt responded.

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Trump held out the prospect of renegotiating the Paris accord or reaching a new deal "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

Trump's top climate adviser Scott Pruitt was indignant. Personal calls or letters came from CEOs ranging from Apple's Tim Cook to ExxonMobil's Darren Woods. "The president made an executive agreement because that was the best that we could do", he said. "He said that he's going to put jobs and the environment first", Pruitt replied. But in the end, even they didn't have enough sway.

Kellyanne Conway, a White House senior adviser, said on Fox News the deal would have "a statistically insignificant impact on the environment".

"South Africa has full confidence in and reiterates its unwavering commitment to the realization of the goals set out in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement".

Whatever the industry, companies will be reluctant to change plans based exclusively on the withdrawal from the climate agreement because the pendulum could swing back.

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In an email announcing the "Pittsburgh Not Paris Event for President Trump" on Saturday morning, the campaign asked supporters to "dress in your most patriotic, red, white, and blue outfit". "You take input. You make your own mind up".

More and more of them are worrying about it.

. "It reduces his power to lead among the business community, and clearly, globally", he said.

Ever the showman, the 70-year-old Trump gave his decision a reality TV-style tease, refusing to indicate his preference either way until his announcement. "I'm down here spending my time on it as long as Congress might do something".

Environmental activists in Bosnia, one of the poorest European countries, said they were anxious the Trump's move would empower global polluters. "Am departing presidential councils", the Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted. We are relieved that our elected leaders have joined other countries in reiterating our commitment to the Paris Agreement.

In its response, the foreign ministry tweeted, "We've seen the @White- House video about the #ParisAccord".

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