Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions

The order, if fully implemented, would make US compliance impossible with the global Paris Agreement to limit climate change.

The order does not start the process of withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement.

The memo also repeals the previous administration's guidance on how agents take global warming into account when crafting reviews for various energy projects, and all but eliminates the program that determines the "social cost of carbon", or the SCC. President Barack Obama hailed the agreement as "the moment that we finally made a decision to save our planet".

Some critics say the Trump administration's environmental rollbacks are even worse than they expected, and that it will be impossible for the United States to achieve its Paris pledges without the programs and protections that are being cut.

Earlier this week, Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively killed Obama-era environmental policies.

But Trump's policy path will cost the USA global energy technology leadership, warns Keith E. Peterman, a chemistry professor at York College of Pennsylvania, a participant in United Nations climate negotiations, and the son of a coal worker.

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Climate activists expressed concern the new US position would jeopardise negotiations to implement the Paris agreement, which are set to be completed in 2018, and urged the European Union to step into the breach. The Obama administration had argued the program must be modernized to ensure a fair financial return to taxpayers and address climate change. "Poll after poll shows that the public supports climate action". These policies were not justified by any reasonable calculation of human health benefits; they were driven largely by the politics of climate change and Obama's far-left ideology.

Exxon has also been a consistent public supporter of the Paris agreement.

Before the Paris agreement, the U.S. and China reached a bilateral agreement in 2014 setting new targets for carbon emissions reductions by the United States and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030. We will put our miners back to work.

The Trump administration is linked to Exxon Mobil through Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who served as the energy giant's chief executive before becoming America's top diplomat.

However, Karsten Haustein at the University of Oxford believes while lifting the regulations may slow down the pace, it will not stop the fight to reverse global warming. Several other large global oil companies, including some in Europe, have also backed action to address climate change that could benefit them by boosting demand for gas.

China and the European Union need to show joint leadership on climate change and can not expect the "same leadership" from the new administration in the United States, European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said in Beijing on Thursday. So it could take years to go into effect - maybe so long that a new president comes into office and changes course completely.

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