Matthews: Leaving Paris Accord 'Worst Thing' Trump Has Done

"Americans don't need Washington to meet our Paris commitments, and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way of fulfilling it", Bloomberg said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday. And Murray Energy's chief executive said in a statement that Mr Trump's decision was "supporting America's uncompromising values, saving coal jobs, and promoting low-priced, reliable electricity for Americans and the rest of the world". The chief economist of business-research group The Conference Board said the potential number of jobs that might be created in fossil fuels is limited, while the potential for job growth in green technologies is much greater.

Trump contends climate change is a hoax and that the concept was created by and for China to make American manufacturing uncompetitive.

Trump's decision is likely to play well with the Republican base, with the more immediate damage likely to appear on the diplomatic front.

Jason Bordoff, an energy-policy expert at Columbia University, said withdrawing from the Paris agreement would make no difference to the US energy outlook or economy.

"Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing [on to] a statement of support that we will submit to the U.N.", Bloomberg said, "and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the USA made in Paris in 2015". The latter group has received money from foundations controlled by the Koch brothers, whose company owns refineries and more than 4,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines.

The Paris Agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and an increase in extreme weather events. "It's kind of a debate trick".

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The study makes worst-case assumptions that may inflate the cost of meeting US targets under the Paris accord while largely ignoring the economic benefits to USA businesses from building and operating renewable energy projects.

A 50 percent reduction in energy consumption citywide.

China, as the world's biggest polluter with its largest cities too often choking in carbon dioxide fumes, is only too aware of the benefits.

"The world can not wait - and neither will we". They can do whatever they want for 13 years. As NPR has reported, "the only other countries not part of the agreement are Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua, which argued that the Paris accord did not go far enough to curb global emissions". Now, Exxon and others are gearing up to export more liquefied natural gas.

The Paris climate accord "would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies about one-third of our electric power".

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