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Elon Musk to Trump: You quit Paris, so I quit you

02 Juin 2017

President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the us from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies overseas.

The United Nations described the withdrawal as a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.

"We are convinced that the implementation of the Paris Agreement offers substantial economic opportunities for prosperity and growth in our countries and on a global scale", the three leaders said. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.

"Donald Trump has made a historic mistake, which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality", Sierra Club President Michael Brune said in a statement emailed to VOA. "Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle".

Three Democratic governors say they won't let the United States back away from the global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite President Donald Trump withdrawing from an worldwide pact.

The agreement, which nearly every country in the world has joined, is created to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in order to keep temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels.

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

Congressional Republicans applauded the decision, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky saying Trump had "put families and jobs ahead of left-wing ideology and should be commended".

In March, he released the second-annual progress report on his "Sustainable City pLAn", which sets Los Angeles' greenhouse gas emission reduction targets at 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, 65 percent by 2035, and 80 percent by 2050.

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025. They're urging other states to join. Altogether, the coalition claims to represent more than 1.18 billion people and $27.5 trillion in Gross Domestic Product, or 37 percent of the world's economy. Climate change is real.

Billionaire environmental activist and mega-political donor Tom Steyer said in a statement, "Trump has abdicated American leadership and sent a clear message to both our allies and enemies alike: In the search for courageous and moral solutions to the challenges of the 21st century, don't count on America to lead".

"The U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord", the president said to thunderous applause from an audience of supporters assembled in the White House Rose Garden just outside the Oval Office. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich affirmed he would remain on one of Trump's councils during an interview with CNBC, while a spokeswoman for IBM CEO Virginia Rometty confirmed to Recode that she would do the same.

The former vice president says that exiting the agreement "imperils USA security and our ability to own the clean energy future". He said France would continue working with the United States but not on the subject of climate change, the source said.

Walmart spokesman Greg Hitt says they see those commitments as "outside politics" and don't expect to change them. Governor Brown travels to China Friday where he'll speak about climate, clean energy and strengthening economic ties with the nation. Sichuan and Jiangsu became the first Chinese provinces to join the coalition in 2015, and 23 more provinces and cities have since become signatories.