Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech – POLITICO Magazine

www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/05/trump-nato-speech-national-security-team-215227
When President Donald Trump addressed NATO leaders during his debut overseas trip little more than a week ago, he surprised and disappointed European allies who hoped—and expected—he would use his speech to explicitly reaffirm America’s commitment to mutual defense of the alliance’s members, a one-for-all, all-for-one provision that looks increasingly urgent as Eastern European members worry about the threat from a resurgent Russia on their borders.

‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/02/washington-cant-stop-americans-michael-bloomberg-pledges-pay/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_fb
US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has offered $15 million to UN efforts to tackle climate change after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement – The New York Times

www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/climate/trump-paris-climate-agreement.html
President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, weakening efforts to combat global warming and embracing isolationist voices in his White House who argued that the agreement was a pernicious threat to the economy and American sovereignty.

Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal – POLITICO

www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/trump-paris-climate-change-agreement-238974
President Donald Trump is planning to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement, a White House official said Wednesday morning — only to have Trump himself revive the suspense less than an hour later.

Germany’s Merkel says U.S. no longer a reliable partner for Europe – World – CBC News

www.cbc.ca/news/world/merkel-trump-1.4136906?cmp=rss
German Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined her doubts about the reliability of the United States as an ally on Monday but said she was a “convinced trans-Atlanticist,” fine-tuning her message after surprising Washington with her frankness a day earlier.

Improving the ocean: Getting serious about overfishing | The Economist

www.economist.com/news/briefing/21722629-oceans-face-dire-threats-better-regulated-fisheries-would-help-getting-serious-about?fsrc=gnews
The world currently consumes more fish per person than ever before—about 20 kilos a year. But almost all the recent gains in production have been down to farmed fish.

Donald Trump will make ‘final decision’ on Paris climate deal next week | Environment | The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/27/donald-trump-decision-paris-climate-deal?CMP=twt_gu
Donald Trump has resisted pressure from Europe, Canada and Japan to declare his support for the UN’s landmark climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, marking a defiant end to his first international trip as US president.
The deadlock at the end of the G7 summit in Italy left other world leaders frustrated. The German chancellor Angela Merkel said the discussions “had been very difficult and not to say very unsatisfactory.”

G7 leaders blame US for failure to reach climate change agreement in unusually frank statement | The Independent

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-g7-summit-latest-climate-change-consensus-paris-agreement-angela-merkel-a7759231.html
In an unusual admission, Group of Seven (G7) leaders have said in their final communique from a summit in Italy that they had failed to bridge differences over climate change with US President Donald Trump – and America was unable to join other countries in committing to the Paris Agreement.

Trump Budget Based on $2 Trillion Math Error [Updated]

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One of the ways Donald Trump’s budget claims to balance the budget over a decade, without cutting defense or retirement spending, is to assume a $2 trillion increase in revenue through economic growth. This is the magic of the still-to-be-designed Trump tax cuts. But wait — if you recall, the magic of the Trump tax cuts is also supposed to pay for the Trump tax cuts. So the $2 trillion is a double-counting error.

Swiss vote to ditch nuclear power for renewable energy | CTV News

www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/swiss-vote-to-ditch-nuclear-power-for-renewable-energy-1.3423220
Swiss voters are supporting a referendum to withdraw the country from nuclear power in favour of renewable energy.
A projection from Sunday’s referendum shows a majority of cantons (states) voted for the plan. Under Switzerland’s direct democracy system, initiatives need a majority of both cantons and votes to pass.

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