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Exiting Paris, Trump leaves deal shaped by United States priorities

02 Juin 2017

President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement is disappointing, but the world is marching inexorably toward a greener future with or without the United States, says Canada's environment minister.

Even cars sold in the USA will still have to comply with regulations overseen by government entities such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board, said Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Other major climate impacts at 2 degrees include severe threats to coral reefs across the globe, a greater risk of long-lasting heat waves and extreme rainfall events, and the risk of lower yields for key crops such as wheat in tropical regions.

In response, one CEO after another tweeted disappointment at the announcement, companies issued statements committing to action on climate change and one high-profile member of Trump's business advisory council said he would leave the forum in response, after earlier threatening on Twitter to do just that. This is great news for family budgets, which under the Obama Paris plan would have seen significant increases in costs for utilities and almost everything powered by fossil fuels, which accounts for 82 percent of all the energy generated in the United States.

Governor Cuomo echoed that sentiment.

"The agreement permits it, and I know because I helped negotiate that flexibility", he said. "The president cannot stop that".

Prominent business leaders have joined in speaking out against Trump's decision.

The European Union's top climate change official echoed Rasmussen's sentiments, calling it "a sad day for the global community".

Conversely, 92 percent of people who voted for Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, wanted the United States to remain at the table.

Even the legal structure of the deal has American fingerprints. Such alliances "build momentum for a clean-energy future", Brown told The Associated Press in an interview.

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.

"Many of America's largest corporations - from energy to technology - agree with environmental advocates, faith leaders and scientists that staying in the Paris agreement is the right choice for America", Wolf said in a statement. "If the president is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up".

"Labor is deeply disappointed by the failure of the uphold this important global agreement", Shorten tweeted. "We encourage all actors in the U.S. working to tackle climate change to stand their ground, share the benefits of their work and to keep making their voices heard". The commitments made by countries in Paris, on their own, did not achieve sufficient reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to meet the agreed-upon target. "But eventually, America will lead again".

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", the leaders of the three countries said in a joint statement. The withdrawal represents an abandonment of pledges to protect our environment and risks undermining the entire accord, which includes almost every country on earth.

"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.

"The Obama Administration made significant progress toward slowing the rapidly warming climate by negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse emissions on a global scale". She also said she plans to meet with her USA counterpart next week in Italy, where she will "seek clarity" on the US position.

Exiting Paris, Trump leaves deal shaped by United States priorities