'Donald Trump's climate claims on China, India false'

But neither Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt nor White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer were able to say if the president's position had changed during a Friday press conference - held less than 24 hours after the president pulled the USA out of the Paris climate accord.

The decision by the US government to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement will affect developing nations like Zambia, a senior government official said on Friday.

Pruitt said nations were free to renegotiate new climate change terms with the U.S. Conway added that Trump thinks the Paris agreement is "too much of a financial burden" on the U.S.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt spent a press briefing Friday dodging questions about whether President Trump believes in climate change.

"Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement".

Although Trump's decision does have repercussions, he does not carry the country with him on this issue. Scientists now believe that half of the globe's fossil fuels must be left in the ground if we are to avoid unsafe increases in global temperatures.

"Measuring with precision, from my perspective, the degree of human contribution is very challenging", he said.

Climate Interactive found that by not following through on its Paris climate commitment, the United States would spew an additional 1.4 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year through 2025, as compared with the us following through on its commitment.

Trump's pledge to reinvigorate coal mining in America is about as practical as it would have been if William Howard Taft had thrown his weight and prestige behind horseshoe making instead of promoting the auto industry when he became president in 1909.

In an interview on CNBC on Friday, Cohn said the move was part of the administration's efforts to boost USA economic growth and help companies by increasing demand for us goods, along with other efforts targeting regulations, taxes and infrastructure. Pulling out of the Paris Agreement puts the U.S.in company with.Nicaragua and Syria. "We are leading with action and not words".

The opportunities for China are enormous, as it can step into the United States role of providing technology and equipment transfer to developing nations to help them meet their commitments under the Paris agreement.

Canada has said its participation in the deal is ironclad. The group is still hashing out the details after an initial rush of statements from mayors condemning Trump's decision, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) said in a phone interview Thursday.

Trudeau said Thursday that Canada was "deeply disappointed", adding that Canada is "unwavering in our commitment" to fight climate change.

Even the legal structure of the deal has American fingerprints.

There are incredible opportunities around us.

"We're getting out", Trump said at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden in which he decried the Paris accord's "draconian" financial and economic burdens.

"GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk said in a Twitter post.

In hard talks leading up to the December 2015 accord, other countries often yielded to US positions so that the world's biggest economy wouldn't walk away, as it did from the previous climate deal, the Kyoto Protocol.

"He's stepping out and saying why: 'The people in Pittsburgh elected me, not the people in Paris, and I want to save jobs'". There may, however, be less reason to fear over the long run as alternative energy resources are now so cheap to exploit that the United States can't but follow in leaning more on wind and solar energy, besides staying on the gas fracking path to make commercial sense, though the deleterious effect of methane must be endured.

Irish Environmental Network's Michael Ewing warned that if the climate keeps changing as it is, there will be a drastic effect on the world.

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