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War on the environment

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai +” reported on the COP23 that recently took place in Bonn, Germany, saying that President Trump’s announcement in June of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is causing a stir. The program said the U.S. coal industry is making a comeback with a 15% increase in coal production from the previous year, adding that U.S. coal exports to Poland, which still relies heavily on coal, are on the rise. The program said this development is reversing measures against global warming. Keio University Professor Toshihiro Nakayama said that President Trump needed to promote the coal industry because many of his supporters are from areas that rely heavily on coal. He also said that many Republicans are extremely skeptical of global warming and multilateral agreements.


On the other hand, some state governments such as California as well as major American companies are working together to push back against the Trump administration and developing their own measures to fight global warming. The program said environment-related businesses are thriving in California, adding the state has agreed with China to strengthen economic cooperation in renewable energy. California has also begun providing assistance to developing nations to help them fight global warming.

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