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Exiting Paris, Trump leaves deal shaped by U.S. priorities

02 Juin 2017

"We will be environmentally friendly, but we're not going to put our businesses out of work".

"We have already seen the signs of a changing climate through extreme weather, recurrent flooding, and higher than average temperatures", Said Scott, whose district stretches from the eastern part of Richmond to the Peninsula. Donald J. Trump has managed to betray the climate, the world, America's standing, and his own legacy in one fell swoop.

The move will have significant environmental and diplomatic consequences. But it also undermines world efforts to combat global warming.

One of the president's first decisions in the White House was to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact with Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and seven other Pacific nations.

National governments have also played an important role in that race by investing in promising technologies that aren't yet commercially viable in hopes of winning the lucrative new domestic industry.

Of China, Ladislaw said: "I just don't know how they can single-handedly show enough leadership to do that".

"Instead of keeping our promise to the world, Donald Trump would rather join Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega as the world leaders who refuse to participate in the Paris climate agreement", he said in a statement. He helped broker the climate change agreement in 2015, and at the time, touted it as the "best chance we have" to save the planet.

Reaction from the United States came quickly after the Trump's announcement.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT, tweeted "Dear planet, we're sorry".

Even before Thursday's White House announcement, questions have swirled about which governments or other institutions might be willing or able to fill the void in the absence of USA support.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit New Zealand next week, but Bennett suggested lobbying him on the issue could be futile because "Trump has made his mind up".

In a letter last week, Barrasso, Inhofe and other Republicans argued that remaining in the Paris climate agreement would be "a serious hindrance to removing these burdensome regulations".

Abandoning the pact isolates the USA from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions.

Despite the Paris agreement's huge costs, the treaty's proponents insist it is a necessary step forward in the alleged battle against human-caused climate change.

Pittsburgh's mayor, Democrat Bill Peduto, shot back on Twitter that his town, long the heart of the US steel industry, actually embraced the Paris accord. He ordered a review of fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks, which along with other vehicles are the US's largest source of greenhouse gases. The EPA is also moving to rescind rules to prevent methane leaks. But as it becomes clear the U.S.is not pushing for more ambitious climate actions, Selin notes, that may lead to other nations not meeting their targets.

Now it may fall even further behind, analysts say, even though Trump touted the withdrawal as an "act in America's interest [that] won't matter much to the climate". Anheuser-Busch InBev, Amazon.com, Alphabet's Google and other companies continue their push to power their facilities with wind and solar energy.