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Sunday, 4 June 2017

The global backlash against Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty has begun

The global backlash against Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty has begun: To the delight of his supporters, Donald Trump has said he will pull the US out of the Paris climate treaty. Big business is leading the opposition in the US: Elon Musk and the CEO of Disney have both resigned from a Trump business council, and Bloomberg boss Mike Bloomberg has put together a growing coalition that is “preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord.” Members so far include more than 100 large businesses, 30 mayors, three governors and the heads of 80 universities and colleges.” China has said it will not back away from its treaty commitments, The Economist reports, and France and India (the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses) have said they will both stick to the Paris accord. Oddly enough: Many US small businesses cheered the withdrawalfrom the climate agreement. Politico has a solid Q&A on the event. Cartoon: The New Yorker.

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