Phoenix Mayor Condemns Trump Decision To Back Out Of Paris Climate Agreement

Ivan Schwartz
June 2, 2017

"President Trump's courageous decision to exit the Paris Accord recognises that the United States is not legally bound to an Obama-era agreement that set unrealistic emissions targets at the expense of billions of American taxpayer dollars without the approval of Congress", said Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who joined nine other states in urging Mr Trump to leave the agreement.

However, Mrs May came under fire for not adding her name to a joint statement issued by the leaders of France, Germany and Italy to say that the Paris climate accord can not be renegotiated as President Trump has demanded.

Conversely, the influential US energy lobby and many conservatives pushed the president to pull out of the agreement, viewing it as a drain on the domestic economy and arguing that it would undermine Trump's efforts at energy independence.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific has condemned US President Donald Trump's withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement and affirmed that the rest of the world will continue to make progress on ambitious climate action. Macron reportedly told Trump that France would keep working with the United States, but not on climate change.

Mayoral signatories supporting the Paris agreement include Los Angeles' Eric Garcetti, New Orleans' Mitch Landrieu, Milwaukee's Tom Barrett, New York City's Bill DeBlasio, and Atlanta's Kasim Reed.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated, "Climate change is a worldwide challenge and no nation can stay away".

U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J. "But now we're down to business", he said asserting that his administration wants fair treatment for its citizens.

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"We will be impacted, so it is imperative that we take full note of what is happening and see how best we can ensure that the projects that we have been pursuing continue", she stated.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.

He said the USA would "cease all implementation" of the accord, under which his predecessor Barack Obama had voluntarily agreed to reduce emissions by about 1.45 billion tonnes by 2025.

"We don't want to be an accomplice to taking the world to 3 to 4 degrees and the death and destruction that represents", Mr Oquist said. He says the US should be "at the front of the pack". "As president, I can put no other consideration before the well being of American citizens", he said. Reiterating that the terms of the deal will not be renegotiated, Macron said, "Don't be mistaken on climate; there is no plan B because there is no planet B". The reality is that the United States won't be able to fully withdraw from the Paris accord until November 2020, at which point the issue probably will be a focus of the next presidential campaign. This means that the USA will leave the Paris Agreement in 2020.

In Rome, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said his country should not retreat from its actions on climate.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Trump said while explaining his decision to withdraw the us from the 2015 climate action deal.

During a briefing in March, a White House official said that Trump administration did accept the science of climate change, but officials steered clear of that language on Thursday.

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