Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Elon Musk Leaves President Trump's Advisory Council After Paris Agreement Exit

Elon Musk Leaves President Trump's Advisory Council After Paris Agreement Exit

The United States will meet its Paris accord greenhouse gas targets despite Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.

President Trump has reneged on the Paris climate agreement, demonstrating to the world that they can not rely on any commitment by the United States of America. From 1850 to 2010, India's Carbon dioxide emissions have been one tenth that of the United States and of the European countries.

"Today, I want the world to know the USA will meet our Paris commitment, and through a partnership among cities, states, and businesses, we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process", Bloomberg said at a joint press conference at the Elysee presidential palace.

The French President joined the rest of Europe in condemning the move in a joint statement with the leaders of Germany and Italy defending the Paris agreement. He was a member of the business advisory group, known as the President's Strategic and Policy Forum. The Paris Agreement gives China (and India) the right to increase carbon emissions for the next 13 years, even as those of the USA and Europe decline.

But now, at last, a white knight has ridden to our rescue in the unlikely shape of Mr Trump.

The investment will create more than 13-million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration said on January 5 in a document that lays out its plan to develop the nation's energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period. From Berlin he flew to Brussels, where a joint statement with the European Union leaders reaffirming their commitment to the Paris Agreement was planned.

The United States - the world's second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China - pledged in the Paris climate deal to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming by 26 percent in a 20-year period by 2025. Although Clinton did overwhelmingly win within city limits and in Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, Trump beat her in the seven-county Pittsburgh metro area by almost 60,000 votes.

"We just shot ourselves in the foot on this", deMenocal said. The city also must study and likely revamp its electrical grid, said Chris Castro, Orlando's sustainability director.

How did the world respond to Trump's decision? This comes in conjunction with the trickle of information from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been reportedly looking at the business handlings of Trump's son-in-law and aide Jared Kushner, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "Climate change is a challenge that requires a broader, whole-of-government response", Mattis said during his Senate confirmation hearing in March.

PepsiCo Inc Chief Executive Indra Nooyi is expected to remain on the council.

Brown said: "We need to collaborate". And that will include US troops.

The mayor's action was a swift rebuttal to the President who, in defending his widely criticized decision Thursday, said he was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not of Paris. The contentious move, however, represents yet another setback for Trump's sagging approval ratings, as seven of 10 Americans were in support of the agreement.

Trump administration officials pushed back against company criticisms in television interviews on Friday.

Other countries, including India, signalled their commitment to the accord. He expressed the hope that California will work closely with other US states, Chinese provinces, regional blocs like the European Union and other nations.

"The environmental left has a very short memory", Pruitt said on "This Week". Pruitt declined to tell reporters at the White House whether Trump now believes it is real and threatens the country. A gathering of executives led by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman initially planned for next week fell apart amid scheduling conflicts.

"We believe in states' rights", Spicer said.

"It's obviously harder for public-facing companies because when the president takes a controversial position on an issue, there's pushback from clients, customers and possibly shareholders", said Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City, a group that includes many top CEOs.

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