Japan says U.S. withdrawal from global climate pact 'regrettable'

Angie Massey
June 2, 2017

After President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his disappointment with the decision.

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, said: "I am, frankly, very disturbed by President Trump's decision to revoke the United States' commitment to the Paris Agreement, which was a global commitment made in good faith".

President Donald Trump's opposition to the Paris Climate Agreement was apparent from the moment he launched his campaign.

Canete also predicted that the European Union would seek new alliances from the world's largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as USA businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.

The Democratic governors' new pact commits to that same goal, which requires a 26 to 28 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.

The mayors said in a statement Thursday that the USA and other nations need to address climate change to become energy independent, self-reliant and resilient.

Austin officials confirmed that none of the city's plans to curb greenhouse gases and adapt to a changing climate hinge on the Paris Agreement.

U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.

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He said the deal allowed countries such as China and India to carry on polluting while the USA economy was harmed, saying it was "less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the US".

Some have even made the case that, under this administration, the US could actually do more damage by staying on Team Paris than by withdrawing from the agreement. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

"I think it slows down this rush toward punitive measures against the United States industrial base and mining industry", Hamilton said.

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. "U.S. companies are well positioned to lead in these markets".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that by withdrawing from the "unattainable mandate", Trump has reiterated "his commitment to protecting middle class families across the country and workers throughout coal country from higher energy prices and potential job loss". Therefore it can not be renegotiated based on the request of a single Party (the US), the UNFCCC said in a statement here.

Former Vice President Al Gore is calling the decision to exit the Paris agreement "a reckless and indefensible action". Knowing the good work that we and countless others around the world are doing, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about our planet's future. "And they won't be", Trump said.

In a memo to Apple employees obtained by CNET, Cook wrote that he spoke with Trump earlier in the week in an effort to persuade him not to withdraw from the pact, in which almost 200 countries agreed to fight global warming by reducing carbon emissions.

The U.S. will cease honoring the nonbinding deal "as of today", Trump said at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden, adding that his administration would also cease implementation of the "draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country".

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