The US is determined to withdraw from the Paris climate pact unless it gets a favourable term, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said at the United Nations on Monday.
The communication is in line with the decision announced by President Donald Trump recently, which was one of his key electoral promises.
Various companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft are among the hundreds of businesses that declared their intention to continue working toward reducing carbon emissions.
South Africa has appealed US President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, saying the move is "an abdication" by the US from the global responsibility towards humankind.
US and China are the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, but only one of them is doing something to remedy it.
The agreement was reached keeping in mind the needs of developing nations and asked developed economies to scale up their financial support in the green climate fund.
Musk's decision follows an announcement from President Donald Trump that the U.S. will back out of the Paris climate accord.
"The science on climate change is perfectly clear: we need more action, not less. This a global challenge. Every nation has a responsibility to act and to act now," UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim said in a statement responding to President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will withdraw from the ambitious climate pact.
They argued in the letter that backing out of the agreement after years of negotiations and strong US leadership on the issue would be a self-inflicted injury to America's economy and leave its interests unrepresented on the world stage.
The 11 governors – including those from California, New York, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia, Connecticut, Hawaii, Delaware and Rhode Island – wrote a letter in this regard to Trump, days after he said that he is going to take a "big decision" on Paris Climate Change Agreement.
It is true that there is an increase in carbon emission by India and China due to homegrown consumption and lack of infrastructure. But let's keep in mind that India's carbon emissions per capita are still 10 times lower and China's is half of that compared to the US.
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change does not in any way stop India or any country from meeting its energy needs from whatever sources of energy that one may choose, the government told the Rajya Sabha today
"What Paris represents is bad deal for this country. We front-loaded our costs. China and India back-loaded theirs. That caused a contraction in our economy," Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was quoted as saying by Fox News yesterday.
No decision yet has been taken on Trump administration's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change. And same is the case with the various co-cooperation that the US has been doing with other countries including India on clean energy and climate change issues, the official said on condition of anonymity.
After a two-day meeting, ministers from G20 developed and developing nations said they were "working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies" but failed to spell out a pledge to reject protectionism in a closing statement.
Asserting that there is no turning back on combating climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged world leaders to support and nurture the landmark Paris Agreement.
India will see an annual average growth rate of 5 percent by 2021 even as demand peaks in the world's top consumer, China, the Paris-based body said in a report.
Building on the momentum created in the last one year, countries at the Marrakesh climate change summit on Friday agreed to conclude the framing of rules for the implementation of Paris agreement by 2018.
Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, during a media interaction organised by BASIC countries, said Paris agreement is a "settled fact" and whatever is spoken during election campaigns is "different" which is why one should wait for another few months.
A week after the election to the White House of Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax" and has threatened to "cancel" the global pact, Ban said: "I am sure he will make a good, wise decision".
India wants a broad outline or roadmap for the implementation of the Paris agreement to be finalised at the crucial climate change conference here, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said today.
The election of a US President who has called global warming a "hoax" raised questions today about America's involvement in the Paris Agreement on climate change and the future of the deal itself.
"This is a momentous occasion," Secretary-General said after the deal was ratified by 72 countries accounting for more than 56 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
"After the United States joined in September, India's joining represents the fulfillment of that shared objective and a significant step towards the Paris Agreement entering into force this year," Ned Price, spokesman for the White House's National Security Council told PTI, a day after India ratified the climate deal.
"We welcome the actions from the Indian government. It is just another example of the courageous leadership that Prime Minister Modi has shown on this issue. And that's to his credit," the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.