President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled the USA out of the historic Paris climate accord, saying it was bad for his country and unfairly advantaged India and China, striking a strident note not entirely unexpected given his past remarks on the issue.
Tillerson had reportedly been among the advisors encouraging Trump to remain in the deal, arguing that staying in was good for United States business while leaving would isolate the U.S. internationally.
German industry associations also criticized Trump's decision, warning that it would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions.
"If we can grow our economy, we're going to consume more and more products", he said.
Trump's announcement on Thursday that he would take the United States out of the Paris deal, saying it would undermine the USA economy and cost jobs, drew anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry.
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"Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up - and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us", said Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who now serves as the U.N.'s special envoy on cities and climate change.
"We are deeply disappointed by the recent shift in climate policy". As NPR has reported, "the only other countries not part of the agreement are Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua, which argued that the Paris accord did not go far enough to curb global emissions".
White evangelicals overwhelmingly supported Trump, the Republican candidate in November's U.S. Presidential election. A weakening of those standards might help sell more SUVs to US consumers, but automakers still have to design and build electric and other fuel-efficient cars to meet mileage standards in California, China, Europe and elsewhere, Lindland said.
The earliest possible date for America's official withdrawal from the Paris agreement is Nov 4, 2020 - the day after the next United States presidential election - although Trump's current term in office is not due to end until Jan 20, 2021.
"The outlook for USA energy production will be determined far more by market conditions, like the price of oil and gas, than by scrapping the Obama-era environmental regulations", Bordoff said.
John Reilly, the co-director of the program, added that MIT's scientists had had no contact with the White House and were not offered a chance to explain their work. You're risking the future of the entire planet for a better deal??
On Friday, in his first public remarks since the announcement, Tillerson shrugged off the significance of Trump's decision, emphasizing the United States' "terrific record" on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and saying he hopes people can "keep (the decision) in perspective".
That war has contributed to the rise of Islamic State, an ultra-hardline militant group that has planned and carried out attacks against the West, and which Trump has vowed to destroy.