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European officials urge rethink of Trump climate plan

  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo,  the windmill of windfarmer Jan Marrink is pictured in Nordhorn, Germany. Scientists and officials in Europe say the United States will be damaging its own interests if it rolls back the previous U.S. administration's efforts to curb climate change. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday  March 28, 2017 that will rescind, suspend or review Obama-era regulations, including those restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner,file)

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, the windmill of windfarmer Jan Marrink is pictured in Nordhorn, Germany. Scientists and officials in Europe say the United States will be damaging its own interests if it rolls back the previous U.S. administration's efforts to curb climate change. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday March 28, 2017 that will rescind, suspend or review Obama-era regulations, including those restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2011 file photo photovoltaic modules and a windmill of a wind farm are pictured at the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany.  Scientists and officials in Europe say the United States will be damaging its own interests if it rolls back the previous U.S. administration's efforts to curb climate change. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday March 28, 2017  that will rescind, suspend or review Obama-era regulations, including those restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2011 file photo photovoltaic modules and a windmill of a wind farm are pictured at the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany. Scientists and officials in Europe say the United States will be damaging its own interests if it rolls back the previous U.S. administration's efforts to curb climate change. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday March 28, 2017 that will rescind, suspend or review Obama-era regulations, including those restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)  (The Associated Press)

Scientists and officials in Europe say the United States will be damaging its own interests if it rolls back the previous U.S. administration's efforts to curb climate change.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that will rescind, suspend or review Obama-era regulations, including those restricting greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

Germany's environment minister said ambitious policies to combat climate change were "in the United States' very own interest" because promoting renewable energy creates jobs.

Barbara Hendricks said in a statement that "whoever tries to change into reverse gear is only going to harm themselves."

Thomas Stocker, a former co-chair of the U.N.'s scientific panel on climate change, said the U.S. risked ceding leadership on climate change to rival China.