Bainimarama Disappointed, Trump Pulls Out Of Paris Climate Agreement

Cesar Mills
June 2, 2017

It is also a grave disappointment for millions of people living in those areas of the United States that are threatened by the effects of climate change, whether it is the flooding that threatens cities like NY and Miami, or the periods of drought and deluge that have plagued California and other states, or the temperature rise that is affecting cities, wildlife and natural areas across the United States.

In Congress, the Republican majority easily passed laws this year that annulled or rolled back various environmental regulations established by the previous president, Barack Obama. But the whole point of the deal was that each country was able to set its own targets - meaning Mr Trump could change United States targets on his own without formal negotiations. Syria and Nicaragua are the only other non-participants in the accord.

A Washington Post poll in January found just 31 percent of those surveyed supported withdrawing from the Paris deal, while 56 percent were opposed.

McAuliffe said in a statement Thursday that Trump's decision was "foolish" because climate change is a "threat to our way of life". Even a direct appeal from the Vatican wasn't enough to persuade the president.

Trump's decision to withdraw from the climate agreement drew strong reactions from various quarters.

For anxious allies, Trump's rejection of the Paris pact is particularly jarring in the wake of his first worldwide trip last week.

"We are now one of only three countries in the world that don't want to be in the Paris agreement", said Coglianese.

Spokespeople for other extractive oil and mining groups, like the National Mining Association and the American Fuel & Petrochemicals Manufacturers, declined to comment on Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

"Disappointed with today's decision".

"California is presented a great opportunity to fill the leadership vacuum created by the President's withdrawal from the landmark Paris Agreement".

The Trump administration has plenty of ties to Blankfein's bank.

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California is already working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030 and Mr Brown has cast himself as Mr Trump's chief foil on climate policy. The U.S. accounts for more than 15 percent of global emissions and is the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, exceeded only by China.

Still, Bush made the broad and public case for USA leadership in global cooperation, even as his policies in Iraq and Afghanistan frayed some American alliances.

Trump's "America First" mantra, underscored by his condemnation of both Bush's wars and Obama's diplomacy, has signaled a new strain of isolationism.

USA companies that sell overseas could face new barriers to exports, if countries respond to an American withdrawal by imposing carbon-related tariffs or other penalties on American goods.

With his decision, Mr Trump says he is protecting the United States economy from a deal that would cost American jobs.

"At what point does America get demeaned?" he asked.

Donald Trump's Republican allies applauded the president yesterday for announcing an end to USA participation in the Paris climate deal, a move his core supporters demanded, even though most Americans are taking climate change more seriously.

The Paris deal called for every country to set its own targets for cutting emissions.

Pulling out of the Paris accords will undoubtedly anger many Americans, but it keeps a promise to Trump's core supporters.

And supporters of the agreement in the USA, which was painstakingly negotiated under the Obama administration, argued that even if that was possible, the damage to America's reputation had already been done.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis. "Proof You Should", ".and More Proof".

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