Trump Shunning The Paris Accord Makes America Look Weak

Faith Castro
June 2, 2017

Trump is expected to announce his decision on Thursday afternoon USA time (3 p.m. EDT; 1900 GMT).

"From a foreign policy perspective, it's a colossal mistake - an abdication of American leadership " said R. Nicholas Burns, the under secretary of state under George W. Bush, told The New York Times. It's likely that they discussed the Paris Accord off the record, but Trump had not yet made his decision.

President Emmanuel Macron of France repeated that belief in an English-language speech from the Elysee presidential palace, unprecedented from a French president in an address at home.

The body's commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Canete also pledged continued "global leadership" on climate change.

He said that "if we can get a deal, that's great".

Seven Social Democratic ministers in her coalition government said the United States "is harming itself, we Europeans and all the people of the world".

Brown also announced a pact with the governors of NY and Washington to create an alliance of states that vow to uphold the Paris agreement even without federal support.

Arguing that countries like China and India are benefiting the most from the Paris Agreement, Trump said that the agreement on climate change was unfair to the United States, as it badly hit its businesses and jobs.

"I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh", Trump said, "not Paris".

"The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration", he said in a statement.

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Trump said as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on the US.

Energy giant Shell - one of several oil behemoths that have in recent years adopted environmentally friendly policies - voiced support for the agreement, even as it pledged to continue working with the Trump administration on energy policy.

"The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement".

Meanwhile, General Motors, the No. 1 US automaker, said it would continue its commitment to "creating a better environment".

"The world needs to move together on the climate change issue".

Trump's announcement that the USA would leave the Paris accord immediately sparked global criticism, deepening perceptions of an America in retreat after recent reversals on free trade and foreign aid.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis. The process of leaving the agreement will take about four years. By withdrawing, Trump puts the US with Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations outside the accord.

WHITE HOUSE: The Paris climate accord "would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies about one-third of our electric power".

She called Trump's Rose Garden announcement "deeply disappointing, " but suggested the president is costing the USA a golden opportunity to profit from the inevitable growth of clean-tech initiatives around the globe.

Asked about Musk's resignation, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told "Fox News" that "anybody who read the agreement and understood it would realize that this was not really about climate, this was about USA money going to other countries and it didn´t solve the climate problem". Calculations suggest withdrawal could result in emissions of up to 2.7 billion tonnes of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

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