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June 5, 2017

Detroit stresses environmental commitment in Paris reaction

US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the international Paris Accord on climate change has been met with reaffirmed commitments to environment friendly policies from US automakers.

By David Leggett

US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the international Paris Accord on climate change has been met with reaffirmed commitments to environment friendly policies from US automakers.

GM also said in a statement that its position on climate change is unchanged. “GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed,” GM said. “International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment.”

Ford said it remains deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions: “We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities. Our commitment to sustainability is why we’re investing so heavily in electrification and adding 13 new electrified vehicles to our lineup.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who was serving in an advisory role on two presidential councils, said in a tweet last week that he would resign from those posts. His tweet read: “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”

The Paris Agreement or Accord is an international agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. It sets out a framework for actions to mitigate climate change through increased global temperatures caused by human activity. Over 140 countries have signed the agreement. The US and China are the two biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

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