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"Troubling, but unsurprising" - a view on Donald Trump's exit of the Paris climate deal

"This is an extremely troubling, but unsurprising, development. Trump has retained a fairly consistent focus on his political base of fans/voters. The best hope coming out of this is that individual states will step into the void, as California has already indicated it is prepared to do.

"This is a significant blow to climate change efforts at a rhetorical level, but realistically Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress were not going to support the kind of practical action required to make real progress towards emission targets anyway."

Dr Eric Jensen, associate professor, Sociology

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