The White House has told allies the 2015 deal was signed by President Barack Obama out of "desperation".
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday in Alaska that he had "yet to read what the actual Paris Agreement is", and would have to read it before weighing in. "And they won't be".
But leaders of Europe's nationalist populist parties cheered the abandonment of the pact.
"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord", he said in an address at the White House. In it, the former president warned that the USA would risk missing out on the economic benefits of being a part of the Paris agreement.
He has expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken USA industry.US supporters of the pact said any pullout by Trump would show that the United States can no longer be trusted to follow through on worldwide commitments.
Obama slammed his successor President Donald Trump and warned that the move would see the United States "reject the future" by not abiding by the agreement.
The pullout will align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the accord. This move signals that the US will no longer be a leader on climate change and rolls back the commitments made to protect South Florida and the world from the harmful effects of Carbon dioxide emissions that lead to climate change.
Leaving the 2015 Paris accord would hardly translate into a substantial increase in new jobs as the fossil fuel industries were highly automated, Xinhua said. "President Trump's decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues".
Before Trump even finished his full address, President Obama issued a statement opposing the withdrawal.
But traditional U.S. allies were uncharacteristically blunt in their condemnation of Trump's decision, which comes amid already strained relationships with the hard-charging new president.
"The coal (producing) states are not going to get their jobs back even if Trump exits the Paris deal". A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Trump during last year's presidential election campaign promised voters an American withdrawal.
"I was elected to represent the voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris", he said. In fact, he said, sea level rise caused by unchecked climate change could mean that cities like his "will cease to exist". "Industry must now lead and not depend on government", tweeted General Electric Co's Jeff Immelt.
The White House was initially slated to make a final decision on the climate accord earlier this month but delayed the decision until the G7 meeting in Sicily.
With the United States stepping down as a global leader on climate change, there's concern that other countries who joined reluctantly will be more likely to make a break, too.
China has been investing billions in clean energy infrastructure, as its leaders battle to clear up the choking pollution enveloping its biggest cities, including Beijing. This retreat also reflects an extraordinary lack of faith in American innovation, as the President seems to think that the US commitment to cut about 1/4th of our carbon pollution by 2025 is beyond the grasp of the country that won World War II and put men on the moon. Musk then claimed that maintaining a relationship with the president would allow him to engage Trump on issues like climate change, which would "on balance serve the greater good".
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