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In rebuke to Trump, GE chief says 'climate change is real'

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In rebuke to Trump, GE chief says 'climate change is real'

A new executive order signed by President Donald Trump seeks to roll back the environmental regulations initiated by the Obama administration in an effort to slow down climate change.

The decree, dubbed the "Energy Independence" order, will seek to undo former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan requiring states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord agreed by almost 200 countries in Paris in December 2015.

Environmentalists say lifting the moratorium will worsen climate change and allow coal to be sold for unfairly low prices.

The White House did not respond to Associated Press emails seeking comment; the Department of Justice declined comment.

The words of Mr Canete, one of the most prominent global diplomatic figures yet to comment on Mr Trump's move, signal how the President's executive order eviscerating Mr Obama's climate plan is already raising worldwide concerns, and further suggests that the country could be left isolated as other nations push forward to curb emissions.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith were disappointed but resilient following the announcement of the executive order.

Still, Glatt expects Trump's order will eventually unwind the mandate for rapid change, but said the state is moving in that direction anyway. The energy giant is being investigated for allegedly misleading the public and shareholders about what it knew about the dangers of climate change.

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One of the biggest concerns that emerged with the election of Donald Trump as the US President - of that country potentially withdrawing from its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change - is coming to the fore.

The pledges comes despite support for Trump's order from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which called it "vital to stimulating economic growth".

But many people in coal country are counting on the jobs that Trump has promised, and industry advocates praised his orders.

But those of us in West Virginia and East Ohio coal country understood then and do now that saving many miners' jobs is beyond Trump's control.

"The safety and health of Delawareans, our economy, and our natural resources are dependent not only on our actions as a state, but on a shared, urgent commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions", Carney said. "Delawareans see the impacts of our changing climate every day, but we can't address this growing threat alone and we certainly can't afford to do nothing".

And on Wednesday, the administration asked a federal appeals court to postpone a ruling on lawsuits over the plan, saying it could be changed or rescinded. "This order ignores the law and scientific reality", said the group's president Trip Van Noppen.

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