Google and Facebook join cities in challenging Donald Trump on climate

A key politician is missing from a new clean energy partnership between the United States and China: President Donald Trump.

David Rank, the chargé d'affaires of the US Embassy in Beijing, has left the State Department over the Trump administration's decision to quit the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, a senior US official said on Monday.

The poll found the US public split along party lines over the move to withdraw from the global climate pact, with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats opposing it. China has pledged impressive moves to reduce its carbon footprint and develop renewable energy sources.

"In a very real sense, it was a transfer of wealth from the most powerful economy in the world to other countries around the planet", Pence said. Although far from ideal, the world's most prolific GHG emitter is investing heavily in wind, solar, and nuclear power and its coal production has reached a plateau.

"We're on the field ready for battle". Last week, a group of 30 mayors, three governors, more than 100 businesses, and more than 80 presidents of American universities said they would live up to Paris commitments on their own.

Chinese workers install rooftop solar panels in Wuhan, China. Despite quietly hoping that the President would stay in the Paris agreement, he's happily going along with Trump's decision to withdraw. It also wants to hit 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was critical of the deal for not making developed countries shoulder more of the burden, following Trump's withdrawal he vowed to "continue working. above and beyond the Paris accord". China is by far the world's largest user of coal, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of its energy use and has made it the number one emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases.

Cheap natural gas and tighter pollution restrictions toppled coal from its dominant position in the US power sector over the past decade and experts say it unlikely to regain that position regardless of what Trump does. Ma Aimin, a deputy director general of China's National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, told Reuters that "It will be a long time before there is true cooperation with California, whose market is just at a regional stage and is hard to link up with the Chinese market".

Pedestrians wearing masks walk along a street in heavy smog in Dalian, China. China would also like to learn from California's experience of running a cap-and-trade program, which puts a price on carbon emissions, and which China is looking to deploy across the country later this year.

"Who the country chooses as mayors has never been more important than this point in history", Buckley said.