Trump Says US Will Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord

Pauline Gross
June 2, 2017

"As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I can not in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States, which is what it does", he said.

Top European leaders pledged Thursday to keep fighting against global warming as President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, but they rejected his suggestion that the deal could later be renegotiated.

"We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change, " New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement after Trump's announcement.

He also said he would try to negotiate a better deal on combating climate change which would be more beneficial to the United States.

President Emmanuel Macron of France repeated that belief in an English-language speech from the presidential palace, unprecedented from a French president in an address at home. He said, "I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the US and for our planet".

"Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again", Macron added.

"Climate change is the great existential threat of our time".

"We're not going to be supporting our companies, our startups, our business leaders as they seek to take advantage of those opportunities", said Rob Day of Spring Lane Capital, a firm that invests in renewable technology.

Trump announced yesterday that the USA would be quitting the Paris Agreement, regarded as the most expensive global agreement in history.

Trump said as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on the US.

"And then if you look at this on the global time scale, the U.S. has done a lot more, historically, since the industrial era to contribute to this problem", Beeler said. "So, we can't build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement". "Trump's decision today will undermine global cooperation and have a harmful impact on U.S. relations with our most trusted world allies".

Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea also regretted the USA move and reiterated their commitment to implement the agreement.

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"This is an insane move by this president", California Gov.

President Trump made good on a campaign promise, while also upsetting a lot of local and world leaders.

Some lawmakers from the president's party broke ranks and defended the Paris Agreement, arguing that Washington should remain a stakeholder as it lowers voluntary emission reduction targets.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, announced that he's quitting the president's business advisory councils because of the decision.

"I wasn't happy with the original agreement, but I know that climate change is real".

Opponents of withdrawal - said to include Trump's own daughter Ivanka - had warned that America's reputation and its leadership role on the world stage was at stake, along with the environment.

Meanwhile, General Motors, the No. 1 USA automaker, said it would continue its commitment to "creating a better environment".

Trump formally announced his decision to leave the historic worldwide agreement after months of teasing the action.

"By leaving our seat at the table, our nation is also losing its ability to lead with our values". Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement. The other two are Syria and Nicaragua.

The official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that US President Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday came "to the regret of nearly all", although it was "anything but a surprise".

The Paris accord is created to reduce earth-warming gases. Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to 3 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

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