Trump's climate decision puts US on a lonely path

Pablo Tucker
June 4, 2017

Trump announced Thursday that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, a 2015 accord between almost every nation to reduce carbon emissions most scientists agree alter the planet's climate.

Macron, in a joint news conference with Bloomberg and Hidalgo, said the Paris climate pact is irreversible despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from it. Instead, he vowed to keep ties with the US strong, and said Europe's links to the USA are more durable than the decisions of the current USA administration.

He hit back on Twitter when the White House tweeted Trump's Pittsburgh quote, saying that "it's now up to cities to lead" and follow the guidelines laid out in the Paris Agreement.

Of the 13 meetings and remarks listed, 10 are related to efforts of fighting climate change.

The Paris Agreement's central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise in this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change. And it did. It put us at an economic disadvantage. He vowed during the election campaign to "cancel" the Paris agreement within 100 days of becoming president on January 20 in order to bolster U.S. oil and coal giant, which bankrolled his campaign.

"New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington's irresponsible actions", Cuomo said in a statement.

"While the US' decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies", said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

This move comes a day after President Donald Trump announced that the US would leave the Paris climate accord.

"The president believes in a clean environment, in clean air, clean water, he's received awards as a businessman in that regard", Conway said.

Citing the need to stay engaged with the administration, business leaders said they would remain in their advisory roles to continue working to influence White House policies.

Staring with a $15 million donation to the United Nations to make up for the United States' abrupt withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Michael Bloomberg is gathering business leaders and politicians who told the New York.

"It will be harder for us", Gebru Jember Endalew of Ethiopia, who heads the 48-nation group of the least developed nations at U.N. climate negotiations, said of Trump's decision.

Other chief executives also issued statements criticizing the decision to withdraw from the accord, including the heads of Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Goldman Sachs and General Electric Co.

The continuing impasse over tariffs on Chinese steel and other goods imposed by the European Union because of overproduction highlighted the difficulties Brussel and Beijing face in forging a closer political alliance, even as leaders seem eager to fill an worldwide leadership vacuum created by Trump's retreat.

He said: "The world applauded when we joined Paris". And that they, once again, oppose President Trump's actions.

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