Trump withdraws from climate pact, world leaders push back

U.S. President Donald Trump announces that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate change accord, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP / Susan Walsh)

By Jill Colvin, The Associated Press, June 2, 2017 

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world’s climate change pact as a “refreshing” stance for the U.S. that would save jobs, unburden industry and save money.

International leaders and scientists pushed back, pointing to jobs that could be created in green technology and the edge China could be given as a result. China has overtaken the U.S. in transitioning to renewable energy, generating a fifth of its electricity from renewable sources. The U.S. only sources about 13 per cent of its electricity from renewables.

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