Even in regions of the US where coal is plentiful, electric utilities are increasingly shifting to cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas.
Paul Bodnar, a former Obama climate change adviser, says it wouldn't afford the United States even a sideline view of the climate conversations.
Musk - who serves on three White House economic advisory councils - says he will dump Trump if the President withdraws U.S. support on the major climate change agreement. After the meetings concluded, the U.S. refused to sign onto a statement of support for the Paris accord that all other G7 participants approved.
At the G7 Summit last week, Trump declined to pledge his support for the climate accord, breaking from the group's other leaders and irking some, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called climate talks with Trump "unsatisfying".
And for what? Even Gina McCarthy, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, testified before Congress, "there is not a single country that signed [the Paris climate agreement] expecting that the 2020 goals would get us where we need to be".
The protest, organised by 350 DC group, was announced on Wednesday night and is set to follow Trump's announcement on Thursday of whether the USA will remain a party to the 196-nation agreement aimed at curbing the effects of climate change, The Hill magazine reported.
Without mentioning the US specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.
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Nearly every other industrialized economy in the world is moving in the opposite direction. The main driver of the reduction was Obama's Clean Power Plan, which would have closed coal-fired power plants. It is a building boom expected to create an estimated 13 million jobs. China generates about 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, compared to about 13 percent in the U.S.
Now EU and Chinese leaders have banded together in unusual alliance that emphasizes the absence of the United States from the playing field.
"There's no doubt that regulations have costs, but they are not the primary driver of employment", says Michael Greenstone, an economist at the University of Chicago.
Almost 200 countries are party to the agreement, which includes individualized carbon emission reduction targets set by each country.
The US is the world's second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide behind China. Scientists warn that any delay in weaning the country off fossil fuels could exacerbate the negative effects of climate change for the rest of the globe. Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement.
No matter what changes other countries made in their positions, China would follow its green, sustainable development concept, strengthening measures to deal with climate change and would conscientiously follow the Paris agreement, Hua said.