Obama pans Trump withdrawal from climate deal

Obama pans Trump withdrawal from climate deal

"If the president wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks", the group said.

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

Some representatives of other countries have suggested that the US should leave the agreement if the current administration isn't serious about policies that combat climate change. "Industry must now lead and not depend on government".

With Trump's action, the United States will walk away from almost every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century.

But despite the President's confidence in Pittsburgh, the city's mayor was not as enthusiastic.

In a highly anticipated statement from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the United States would abandon the current deal - but was open to negotiating a new one.

Even ExxonMobil had appealed to Trump to stay in the agreement. In truth, America's burgeoning solar and wind power industries are creating jobs. "There is no downside for the United States here, there is only an upside for the United States and the world", he said.

Given @POTUS irresponsible decision on #ParisAccord, all the more important that leaders like @JerryBrownGov in California keep pressing on.

US Will Withdraw From Paris Climate Deal, Says Trump
The president could decide to stay in the treaty, but adjust the voluntary US targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Trump signed a waiver that will keep the US embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv, but he renewed a pledge to move it to Jerusalem.

"We'll be the cleanest", he said.

Macron said, without elaborating, that he and Merkel "will in the coming days take strong initiatives", and he will call on every other country in the accord to stick to its terms.

Separately, Germany said the United States was "harming" the entire planet, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called the decision "seriously wrong".

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, who is expected to have a tough re-election in his swing district in south Florida, lobbed a series of tweets in opposition.

Deutsch referenced the dozens of top USA business leaders who support the Paris accord-and the science behind climate change-and lamented that Trump was swayed by none of it. Deutsch said: "He's such a backward man".

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025. "It is good for jobs - the jobs of the future", Brown said. The accord was signed during a 2015 conference in the French capital and ratified by the United States one year later. "We designed the program", Kerry said. "The president was not truthful with the American people today, and the president who talked about putting "America first" has now put America last".

Withdrawing from the climate deal could take three years, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said this week. The choice is between a formal withdrawal that could take three years or leaving the United Nations treaty that the accord is based on, which would be quicker but more extreme, according to Axios.

The leader of Asia's other behemoth, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said this week failing to act on climate change would be "morally criminal".

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