U.S. climate pact pullout could add 0.3 degrees of warming

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A study mentioned by Trump estimated that if the US meets its Paris goal for reducing carbon emissions it will cost 2.7 million U.S.jobs by 2025.

China may be poised to fill the breach. "Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement", Peduto tweeted.

Malloy's office said the state has also committed to buying power from regional wind and solar projects, hoping to meet 20 percent of Connecticut's electricity needs with renewables by 2020. They aren't likely to change course. "This transition will continue with or without United States of America, which now has Syria and Nicaragua for company as the only three countries, who are currently not part of the Paris Agreement", said Dr. Ravi Chellam, Executive Director, Greenpeace India.

The government of South Africa issued a statement Friday expressing its "profound regret" over Trump's decision, noting that the USA stands alone in its denial of the crisis, which it has largely worsened with decades of industrial growth and excessive consumption, "and therefore has a moral obligation not only to lead in reducing emissions, but to support poorer economies in contributing to the global effort".

Asked if the First Family wanted a personal apology from Kathy Griffin for her provocative photo in which held up what was supposed to look like a bloody severed Trump head, Spicer said Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and the Secret Service have "made very clear their thoughts" on the subject, and nothing more.

"That was done in the absence of the Paris agreement", Tillerson told the Associated Press, "I don't think we're going to change our effort to reduce our emission in the future, either".

Even potential US partners reached out across the Pacific.

"Lacking a strong partner at the federal level, states must take action on one of the most pressing global issues of our lifetime", Malloy said Friday. "We remain steadfastly committed to the sustainability, carbon and energy goals that we have set as a company and to the Paris Agreement's ultimate success".

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America's pollution contributes so much to rising temperatures. 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.

The announcement follows Trump's decision to pull out of the climate deal that almost 200 nations agreed to in late 2015. China wouldn't have been privy to the deal. Trump also is proposing sharp cuts to US budgets for humanitarian and development assistance for the world's poorer nations.

On climate, Beijing is taking action. Its consumption of coal fell in 2016 for a third consecutive year. It could meet its 2030 target a decade early. China still accounts for about half of global coal consumption.

The switch to renewable sources is in part to aid climate change efforts, but the targets also help corporations cut costs.

Up until now, the only two countries that didn't formally participate in the Paris Agreement were Syria and Nicaragua.

Tapping into the "America First" message he used on the election trail, Mr Trump announced the withdrawal yesterday, saying that participating would undermine the USA economy, wipe out United States jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to others.

Still, countries in Asia and beyond also are seizing opportunities of doing ever bigger business with China's growing economy, destined to become the world's largest.

This decision amounts to arbitrarily siding with coal over other domestic energy sources.

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