United States withdrawal from Paris climate accord will have sweeping impacts, experts suggest

Gwen Vasquez
June 5, 2017

This photo dated Thursday, June 1, 2017 shows the City Hall of Paris, France, illuminated in green following the announcement by US President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord and try to negotiate a new global deal on climate change.

Mike Foley, Cuyahoga County Director of Sustainability, called Trump's decision "destructive and risky".

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", the President said.

According to a recent Climate Action Tracker report, the US would have likely failed to meet its Paris commitments "by a wide margin", assuming the Trump administration's climate policies were fully implemented.

"We are grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for this generous contribution", UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said in a news release about the funding pledge. The U.S. was supposed to provide an additional $2 billion, but President Trump has balked at that idea, and his proposed budget includes cuts to worldwide climate programs.

Brussels and Beijing believe in "the full implementation, without nuances, of the Paris climate agreement", Juncker said, and underlined that there can be "no backsliding".

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At their short summit, the European Union and China - two of the world's major polluters - are set to reaffirm their stance on global warming.

U.S. President Donald Trump's pullout from the Paris climate agreement will make it harder for the least developed nations to adhere to their commitments but they are determined to meet their goals under the deal.

Other world leaders have reacted with anger and defiance after President Trump announced that the United States, the world's second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris climate agreement. "Even if there is a 50 percent chance that climate change and global warming is man-made, we must act to reduce risk", he wrote on Facebook, adding that Trump's decision will not change Israel's plans for reducing the use of fossil fuel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not judge Mr Trump for quitting the pact, but said he thought Washington could have stayed in the agreement. In MIT News's write up of the study, Monier was quoted as saying, "The Paris agreement is certainly a step in the right direction, but it is only a step".

Hua added that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the climate change issue and is committed to pursuing innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development. Heads of business and capital have already stated their dissatisfaction with Trump's decision.

Other prominent nations, including Russia, India and Mexico also quickly signaled their commitment to the accord, although a Kremlin aide said it would not be viable without USA participation.

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