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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, has spent months pushing President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate deal

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, has spent months pushing President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate deal

Leaving the agreement is "not good for America or for the world", the Tesla and Space X CEO said in a tweet.

He said his administration could try to renegotiate the existing agreement or try to create a new one that is more favorable to the U.S.

May other U.S. allies expressed alarm at US' decision to back out, with leaders of France, Germany, and Italy noted with regret Trump's decision to do so.

When President Donald Trump announced the USA would be withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, he put America in the company of just two other countries that are not signatories to the agreement: Nicaragua and Syria.

Speaking at a meeting with senior editors of worldwide news agencies Thursday, Putin said the US will likely continue to build up its missile shield in the region even if North Korea agrees to curb its nuclear and missile programs.

But Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to cancel US participation in the deal, said he would ditch the Paris accord because it handicaps the USA economy.

The three states already belong to an emissions reduction pact of states and cities worldwide, but Thursday's action marked a direct stand against the Trump administration and a formal commitment to upholding the targets of the Paris agreement.

The shift from coal to gas-fired power plants has also helped the US cut greenhouse gas emissions, which peaked near the end of the Bush administration at above 7 million metric tons of carbon, and dropped to about 6.5 million metric tons by 2015.

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One of the study's authors Erwan Monier advised against the USA leaving the climate deal.

The increase in US production is neutralizing the efforts of the OPEC cartel and other major oil-producing nations, like Russian Federation, to support prices by limiting their output.

In intial statements, USA corporate heads and business leaders have largely rejected Donald Trump's portrayal of his decision as a needed corrective to unfair climate rules. Not us. India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries.

"Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver". Australian energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg:

"We reiterate our full commitment to the Paris Accord."

Barbara Hendricks told reporters in Berlin that other countries will fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States but none will be expected to make up the shortfall in emissions reductions caused by Washington's exit.

In short, the agreement doesn't eliminate coal jobs.

"This includes ending the implementation of the nationally determined contribution and, very importantly, the Green Climate Fund which is costing the United States a vast fortune", he said.

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