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China says committed to Paris accord after Trump climate actions

China says committed to Paris accord after Trump climate actions

With today's Executive Order, the Trump Administration directs relevant agencies to begin the process of reviewing the prior Administration's climate measures.

"The Executive Order is the first step on what likely will be a long and uncertain road to shifting the federal government's role in climate regulation", said Baker Botts Environmental partner, Megan Berge. But, will the state's far-right, wildly unpopular Governor Sam Brownback sign the bill meant to help some 180,000 Kansans obtain access to health care - even with the federal legislation footing the bill for nearly all of it? The White House also signals it will roll back higher fuel efficiency standards for the auto industry, and the Trump budget proposal would gut the Environmental Protection Agency.

But tearing up Obama's Clean Power Plan does not change the path that Washington and most other states are already on - to meet or exceed the carbon reduction goals embedded in the plan. While Trump stopped short of completely withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, many are now on edge in case he does.

Environmental groups have been preparing for months to fight the Trump administration's environmental rollbacks, including by hiring more lawyers and raising money.

The Energy Independence Executive order, which rolls back Obama-era rules and policies aimed at curbing climate change, directs regulatory agencies to review the existing actions that affect USA energy production. President Obama named her to be EPA administrator in 2013 and McCarthy became a national leader in the effort to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

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While campaigning to be the 45 President of the United States, Donald Trump often referred to global warming as a "hoax" and promised Americans, that if elected, he would lift all "job-killing (climate change) restrictions".

"Companies must be resilient and learn to adjust to political volatility all over the world", Jeff Immelt wrote in the company blog post, according to Politico.

China "will honor its obligations 100 percent" regardless of whether other countries change their policies and "will not change its determination, its goals, and its measures regarding climate change", said Lu.

We asked leading experts on climate change to weigh in on what the Trump rollbacks mean for climate change, and for the Paris Agreement in particular.

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