World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Yolanda Curtis
June 2, 2017

Democratic governors aren't the only politicians vowing to counter Trump's Paris pact decision.

President Donald Trump today said the United States will be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, alleging that it gave a better deal to "some of the world's highly polluting countries" like India and China and left the U.S. hamstrung.

"Dear President Trump, as some of the largest companies based or operating in the United States, we strongly urge you to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement", the letter read.

"To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland", Macron said. And if we can, that's great.

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Trump said he made a decision to withdraw from the Paris pact because it was unfair to USA businesses and workers.

"A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children", said the former United States president.

Shortly after his speech, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy - Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Paolo Gentiloni said in a joint statement, "We firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies".

Maura Healey of MA vowed to "hold the line on important measures that have been put in place to protect our habitat and prevent climate change" - as well as hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs that Trump has "put at risk, unfortunately".

Not only does the USA stand to lose economically, but it would also throw away enormous diplomatic clout, commentators argued. At this point, however, I have to wonder what difference the decision to leave the agreement actually makes. He promised to do all he can to continue to forge a grand coalition to accelerate the momentum that has built since the Paris agreement. He said he would seek to renegotiate the agreement - signed by more than 190 countries - in terms that would better benefit USA workers. Some 61 US mayors have vowed to uphold the commitments of the global agreement.

Senator Ted Cruz commended Trump for putting American jobs first.

Hours after Trump's announcement, Pittsburgh's mayor took to the airwaves to highlight the potential for grassroots climate change action by communities across the country.

Energy policy is just one area where Trump is encouraging the rest of the world to go on without us.

But now they're involved, Jha said there is a very good reason for India to remain committed to stopping climate change.

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

The Pacific Islands region is among the most vulnerable in the world affected by climate change with rising sea levels and frequent stronger natural disasters.

The Paris Climate Accord can take effect only if a minimum 55 countries ratify it. "The rest of the world can not let the United States drag it down". The automaker highlighted its development of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle with 238 miles of range on a single charge and a net price of less than $30,000. Despite this disastrous step backwards for our nation, the NAACP resolves to not only do its part to adhere to the tenets of the Paris Agreement, but also to continue to fight for environmental justice.

Among the scientific community, Britain's prestigious Royal Society said Trump's decision would hamper U.S. innovation in cleaner technology.

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