Trump says U.S. to quit Paris climate pact; allies voice dismay

Pablo Tucker
June 5, 2017

Mr. Trump announced Thursday that he is pulling the US out of the Paris agreement, which was one of President Obama's major achievements in office.

The head of the World Meteorological Organization's atmospheric research and environment department, Deon Terblanche, underscored however that the likely impact of US President Donald Trump's widely-condemned decision remains far from clear.

A senior administration official defended Trump's use of the findings.

"On the contrary, in Germany, in Europe and in the world, we will combine our forces more resolutely than address and successfully tackle big challenges for humanity such as climate change". The agreement also established a $100 billion fund to help vulnerable countries deal with the effects of climate change.

During the campaign, Trump said the accord would cost the US economy trillions of dollars with no tangible benefit.

The Republican vowed at the time to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster US oil and coal industries.

Environmental campaigners staged protests against President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, while other nations pledged to double down on their efforts to curb global warming.

Some executives from coal companies have weighed in, arguing the USA should stay in with reduced emissions cuts targets, with an eye toward ensuring that Washington keeps some influence over the future of the global energy mix.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt spent a press briefing Friday dodging questions about whether President Trump believes in climate change. A panel of leading climate scientists found in 2014 at least a 95-percent probability that man-made greenhouse gas emissions have caused most of the warming since around 1950.

The pact is aimed at combating climate change around the world and helping nations adapt to its effects by requiring countries to present plans to reduce carbon emissions. "It's simply bad business".

Moments later, another reporter asked if Trump still believes climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, a real comment Trump once made.

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