"I don't think we're going to change our ongoing efforts to reduce those emissions in the future either", Tillerson said.
"There's a reason that President Obama didn't go through the Senate to get this cleared, because he couldn't".
"In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities and businesses representing a sizeable percentage of the USA economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the US remains a global leader in reducing emissions", the coalition, which now consists of more than 1,000 cities, counties, states, universities and businesses, said in a statement released Monday. The regulations were unattainable.
But the agreement leaves it up to each nation how exactly to meet that goal. "If we had gone down this path, and done what the Europeans wanted us to do, we would have been increasingly non-competitive on manufacturing".
Haley declined to answer and instead insisted that Trump acknowledged climate changing was happening.
Since Trump's announcement, many mayors and governors have been stepping forth to declare their continued commitment to fighting climate change.
Over in Washington, US' ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, adopted an equally tough stance against India in a videotaped interview with CBS News.
The top USA diplomat also downplayed concerns that the Trump administration did not believe in climate change.
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Al Jazeera , with its independent coverage, has been unpalatable to the Gulf monarchies for some time now. At the same time, Turkey is eager to maintain workable relations with Iran , Saudi Arabia's foe.
However, Russian President Vladimir Putin spared Trump more withering criticism and urged the world to work with the NY tycoon on climate.
But he backed away from saying to what extent he believed humans were responsible, adding that it "also depends on how much it's going to cost our companies".
For instance, he pointed to the number of mayors and actors representing the Mississippi River Valley, "the breadbasket" of America that runs through several Republican states, as evidence that local leaders understand climate change's economic impact better than most.
On Friday, China and Europe pledged to unite to save what German Chancellor Angela Merkel called "our Mother Earth", standing firmly against Trump's decision to take the United States out of the Paris climate change pact. "I can get back to you".
Two White House officials avoided similar questions at a background briefing with reporters after Trump's speech Thursday.
Even the Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt, hasn't an answer.
Haley told CNN that Trump will always have America's best interests at heart, including what he does in regard to protecting the environment.
He said MA will continue its commitment to exceed the emission reduction targets of the Paris compact. "But we'll do it under our own terms".
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