Renewable energy expected to continue growth, despite Trump

Renewable energy expected to continue growth, despite Trump

President Donald Trump has made the decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate change agreement, according to multiple reports Wednesday morning. The White House signaled withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions. Foreign allies have expressed disappointment in that action.

That's according to multiple congressional officials and others briefed by the White House on the decision. "We have one common home, and we must protect it", they said. The president repeatedly promised American voters - particularly in places like Kentucky where whole communities have been ravaged by declining coal demand and competitiveness - that he would bring back American energy jobs, even if they yield a heavy responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions. The former reality TV star with a flair for drama later promoted his Rose Garden announcement in a tweet.

The show-like atmosphere was fueled by the presence of a jazz band, which performed a series of numbers before Trump emerged from the Oval Office to deliver his statement.

"China will continue to implement promises made in the Paris Agreement, to move towards the 2030 goal step by step steadfastly", Li said in a Berlin joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The president could decide to stay in the treaty, but adjust the voluntary US targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the Paris accord, almost 200 nations agreed in 2015 to voluntarily cut greenhouse gas emissions in a landmark agreement to fight climate change. In many ways, the result was a symbolic commitment calling for every country to work to address climate change, setting their own targets and working to meet them with their own policies.

Pulling out of the agreement outright would take three-and-a-half years under the standard cooling-off period for new global treaties.

"The declines in US emissions in the last decade have largely happened without strong climate policies, and a withdrawal from the Paris Agreement may have minimal effect on USA emissions but give a hit to worldwide morale".

Trump's predecessor Barack Obama enacted the deal without U.S. Senate ratification.

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President Donald Trump may abandon US pledges to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but that step seems unlikely to stall the push to adopt cleaner forms of energy. While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the pope.

Now EU and Chinese leaders have banded together in an unusual alliance that emphasizes the absence of the United States - the world's second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide after China - from the playing field.

But other top Trump advisers, including daughter Ivanka and Gary Cohn, the head of the president's National Economic Council, are said to favor staying in the treaty.

"The U.S. pulling out of Paris will not stop the fight against global warming, since nearly all other countries are committed to it", said Stefan Rahmstorf, a German climate researcher.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement". "This is what I experienced in the last few days". "It looks like that attempt failed", Juncker said.

But Trump has often said the United States did not get a "fair deal" in the Paris accord.

That fight has played out within the Trump administration.

"It was a significant move forward. the fact that there's just so much agreement and good will on all parts, including some nations that had been (reluctant) in the past", said Professor Ian Simmonds of Sydney University's School of Earth Sciences.

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