"If we can't, that's fine".
The leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden say the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce global warming was a commitment "to our children". Carbon dioxide comes from burning fossil fuels.
Some industry analysts also point out that both companies, as well as just about every other major automaker, will continue to do business in countries that remain committed to the agreement.
The President, who has previously described climate change as a "hoax" invented "by and for the Chinese", left the door open for a new agreement, undercutting the years of consensus-building that went into the Paris formula.
The computing giant posted a message on its website "reaffirming its support" for the Paris agreement.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also criticised the announcement, tweeting that the withdrawal was "a seriously wrong decision".
Elect a president that cares about the climate and the future, and perhaps America will stick with the agreement after all. They include heads of Apple, Google, Tesla and Walmart. Under the terms of the agreement, the US will be able to give its withdrawal notice in 2019 and exit the deal in 2020.
Another local Republican came out in support of the president's decision - U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) said Trump made the right call, calling the Paris accord an "unnecessary burden" on the U.S. We hope that the hard work of those who made the deal happen will not be in vain.
"We're getting out", Trump said at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden in which he decried the Paris accord's "draconian" financial and economic burdens.
The idea that world leaders are laughing at the United States is a common Trump refrain. We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won't be. "Instead of government mandates that could increase energy costs, the world should embrace our nation's energy renaissance that has lowered costs for consumers, benefitted American workers and improved the environment", Tadeo added.
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement that Mr. Trump's decision "is a devastating failure of historic proportions".
It called the agreement a "misguided treaty". It said that "remaining in it would subject the United States to significant litigation risk" that could complicate Trump's effort to overturn Obama era regulations, known as the Clean Power Plan.
Yet, in a twist of irony, the response to his decision from large corporations, some in sectors ostensibly friendly to Trump's policy agenda, backed the Paris Agreement and the objective of environmental conservation.
"Rather than bitch about Trump more, the Dems should push hard for meetings and get him to commit to parameters he would accept to get back in", Cuban wrote.
It may be years, however, before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation.
"What is clear is that United States withdrawal from Paris weakens the global system, and our ability as a human race to collectively manage our impact on our planetary home", worldwide environmental analyst Neil Tabari said on Thursday.
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