Musk storms out of Trump advisory council over climate change decision

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 3, 2017

Following Donald Trump's highly controversial decision to pull the USA from the Paris climate agreement, world leaders, CEOs, and other prominent figures have slammed the president.

In a rare statement on his successor's policies, the former President said Mr Trump had "rejected the future" but states, businesses and other nations would lead the way to protect future generations.

"Today, the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump's careless decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. China, India, the European Union and others are already showing strong leadership", Solheim said in a statement.

Under Barack Obama, the United States had agreed under to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025, but the national targets are voluntary and leave room for manoeuvre.

"We are firmly convinced that the agreement cannot be renegotiated", they said, putting a stop to the USA leader's belief that he could re-negotiate the United States back into the Paris Accord.

The UN Climate Change Secretariat said the "historic agreement" can not be negotiated based on the request of a single party.

"Trump's decision doesn't change that". That study was based on a scenario in which the United States would cut 26 percent to 28 percent of emissions by 2025, and did not factor in the possible benefits of battling climate change. "If we can't, that's fine", he said.

But Juncker, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and European Council President Donald Tusk are vowing to forge ahead with the Paris agreement without the US. The mayor had previously committed to honoring the accord in the city, despite Trump's decision.

The Green Fund is created to help poor countries adapt to climate change and bypass some of the heavily polluting technologies formerly used by rich countries.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a coal industry lobby, welcomed the decision - as did Republican leaders in Congress.

Under the Barack Obama administration, the U.S. was one of the countries that signed the agreement committing to mitigating the effects of global warming by, among other things, keeping the global temperature rise below an average of 2 degrees celsius (3.6F) by the end of the century.

The cost of a barrel of crude slumped 2.4 percent, or $1.18, to $47.18 in electronic trading in NY on Friday, hours after Trump said the USA would immediately stop implementing the Paris deal.

In a tweet on Thursday, Musk reacted to the news that Trump had chose to withdraw from the Paris agreement by saying "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world".

Trump, tapping into the "America First" message he used when he was elected president a year ago, said he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement on tackling global warming. Mayors of various places in the United States took to Twitter to share their thoughts on this action and signed executive orders to continue following the Paris Agreement.

In the auto industry, Ford said it would continue to reduce emissions at its plants and from its vehicles, saying: "We believe climate change is real". I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the the agreement.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel condemned Trump's decision as a "brutal act" against the Paris accord.

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