Trump said on Thursday afternoon in the Rose Garden that he would be open to "renegotiating and rejoining" the agreement, though France, Germany, and Italy issued a statement afterward saying the agreement couldn't be renegotiated.
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a joint statement that they regretted the United States' decision to withdraw from the accord, but affirmed "our strongest commitment" to implement its measures and encouraged "all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change".
Turns out the mayors of both Pittsburgh and Paris beg to differ with the president's assessment. "And they won't be", Trump added.
Mr Trump said the Paris Accord was the "latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit to other countries".
Basically, he's saying the USA led the pack of this global effort over a year ago, but now Trump will prevent the country from seeing any of its economic benefits.
"Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk wrote on Twitter shortly after Trump's announcement. The U.S. pledged under the accord to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025.
New Zealand has a goal of reducing its emissions by 11 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Mr Trump campaigned heavily in "coal country" - areas that produce or used to produce coal in the United States - and this move is seen as supporting the industry.
Thanks to the Accord's lengthy withdrawal process, it could take up to four years to fully pull out of the agreement.
Global leaders had pressed Trump not to abandon the accord.
The Palestinian authorities have since also signed the agreement, which has now been officially ratified by 147 parties and entered into force in record time on Nov 4, 2016, when it crossed the threshold of 55 ratifying parties representing 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.
"We tend to hear from people at either extreme and we forget how many are in the middle who are not hugely political", Marlon said.
"For our part, in CT we will continue building on our efforts to address climate change with common sense, practical initiatives that will help to build and grow our economy", Malloy said.
Due to those domestic rollbacks, the immediate impact of Paris withdrawal on US utilities is expected to be minimal. In advance of the announcement, world leaders lobbied Trump heavily to stay in the agreement, and repeatedly announced their intentions to stick with the terms that were agreed to in Paris in 2015 after years of laborious negotiations.
In a statement backed by all 28 European Union states, the European Union and China were poised to commit to full implementation of the agreement, officials said.
Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it.
Three Democratic governors said Thursday they won't let the United States back away from a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite President Donald Trump decision to withdraw from an worldwide pact.
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