I'll make sure United Nations gets $15 million for Paris agreement

Pauline Gross
June 4, 2017

"We here in New York City are shocked at the development this week in Washington, D.C., to see the president of the United States pull out of the Paris accord and literally set this nation, and the whole globe, on the path of denial", Mr DeBlasio said.

Like Musk, many American corporate leaders favored keeping the United States in the agreement - which was reached in Paris in 2015 and signed by almost 200 countries - by asking Trump in an open letter this week to reaffirm commitment to the accord. Especially when, after withdrawing the United States from the most important climate deal in history, aides might want to use the opportunity to show that the president understands the basic science.

There was a mix of dismay and anger across the world.

Trump said on Thursday that the US will leave the Paris climate deal, making it one of three countries-along with Syria and Nicaragua, the latter of which didn't believe the pact went far enough-to hold out of the deal. Believe me, this is not what we need. Plus, if nothing else, it means we're talking about climate change again.

"Together, we will stand by the Paris Agreement, we will implement the Paris Agreement".

"Sustainability has always been part of our DNA: it's integral to how we live and work and is essential to our environment", Plank said.

Pomerants said that the European Union has issued a strong message in support of the Paris Agreement by confirming that is it ready to assume the role of global leader in matters related to climate change.

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World leaders - at least in the immediate aftermath of Trump's announcement - say they're unwilling to renegotiate . He said it would also lead to a reduction in cement, iron, steel, coal , natural gas and petroleum production.

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He called the deal unfair to American workers and said it stifled production and imposed burdens on the country . Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, also refused to say whether Trump believes in climate change .

This all illustrates the key point - as far as the climate is concerned, what matters is not what Trump says or does, but how the rest of America and the rest of the world responds, both politically and practically.

"If nations around the globe want to seek to learn from us on what we're doing to reduce our Carbon dioxide footprint, we're going to share that with them, and that's something that should occur and will occur in the future".

Despite being met with angry reactions from world leaders, industry titans like Elon Musk and many in between, some politicians and Americans with their eyes on economics praised the president's decision.

"It's both bad energy policy and, as equally important, bad for America's leadership in the world when you couple this with what he did not do overseas in supporting and reaffirming America's commitment on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and pulling out of the Asia-Pacific trade agreement". In a Rose Garden announcement Thursday, the president framed the decision as one made in the best interest of his country.

It may be years, however, before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation.

Mr Macron issued an appeal to American climate change scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to come to France to continue their work.

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