USA 'on the wrong side of history' on climate

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Acting US ambassador to China resigns over Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate accord

07 June, 2017

Reuters wrote that Brown has called President Trump's recent Paris Agreement decision "insane", and in a speech today, he criticized policy makers that were "resisting reality". Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States. "Green is not only gold, green is our future - China, California and America and the other countries of the world all working for the prosperity of the people". He pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which is created to reduce and mitigate the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases that are contributing to the warming of the Earth.

"They've realized that climate change is not just a burden, it can be turned into an opportunity", said Xu Yuan, a climate change expert and professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. American business leaders are angry with Trump's decision.

These companies join an already sizable coalition of around 1,200 government officials, university leaders and other businesses both large and small that have pledged to honor the agreement.

The hodgepodge of states committed to upholding the Paris climate agreement could find meeting the deal's terms almost impossible, especially considering the Obama administration itself wasn't on track to keep its pledge.

Francois Delattre told reporters that the impact of Trump's decision goes beyond climate change policy to the US role in the world.

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The pair met soon after the top US diplomat in China resigned, allegedly in protest of Trump's Paris decision. China and the Obama administration negotiated the deal, and China has vowed to stay in it.

On his official website, Carter asserted that the "already a leader in reducing Carbon dioxide emissions", but that "the Paris Accord is not the solution to global climate challenges".

The move has also caused a rift with India, after Trump accused New Delhi of receiving "billions and billions and billions of dollars" in return for joining the Paris agreement.

The day before, 10 Republican state attorneys general submitted a letter to Donald Trump, advocating for leaving the Paris Agreement. China is set to implement a carbon trading program this year, and California has an ongoing cap-and-trade program that's linked to the program in Quebec, Canada. Then came "We Are Still In", a coalition of U.S. states, businesses, and cities - representing one-third of the American population - that told the United Nations that they are still abiding by Paris. It's increasingly looking like it's not America alone on the world stage - it's the President.

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