Paris Deal Not Subject to Renegotiation Despite US Withdrawal - EU Commissioner

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Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, said the U.S. could try and re-enter the deal either after negotiations or have a new agreement "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

British Prime Minister Theresa May was accused by opponents Friday of failing to stand up to the United States over its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Trump peddled dozens of wildly disproven falsehoods in justifying exiting the agreement, which prompted swift backlash from the global community, diplomats, Trump's own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and major U.S. companies like Apple, Microsoft and Intel.

The deal's transparency rules also reflect US priorities, as countries including China, the world's biggest carbon polluter, grudgingly agreed to open up their emissions reporting to outside scrutiny. The bulk of the decisions which drive US climate action in the aggregate are made by cities, states, businesses and civil society.

"The EU is still committed to collectively mobilize $100 billion toward activities related to climate change in developing countries by 2020, but in order to achieve that goal, all donor countries will need to work for it and an important role will be played by private sector funding", he said. Which begs the question, what will the next UK Prime Minister say and do. "I would say that there are climate exaggerators", he said.

Americans believe climate change has already begun.

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First, the 0.2 degree-figure used in the talking point reflects the incremental impact of the Paris Agreement compared with the earlier Copenhagen agreement.

China and the European Union wrote in their joint statement that they thought investing in tackling climate change would actually contribute to job creation, investment opportunities and economic growth.

Bloomberg's charitable organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced Thursday that it would finance the U.S.' share of the administrative costs of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the mechanism required to keep the almost 200-member nation deal upright.

At City Hall and on the streets, Pittsburgh residents expressed support for efforts to combat global warming and complained that the president, in singling out this city of 300,000, seemed to be thinking of a smoke-belching, soot-choked Pittsburgh that no longer even exists. Pruitt, who has previously been called a climate change skeptic, defended his own views when asked about them during the briefing.

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