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Pittsburgh Mayor Pounds Trump for Climate Claim He Backs 'Pittsburgh, Not Paris'

02 Juin 2017

Okay, we get the hint.

. Now more than ever, cities, states and private companies will need to redouble their own efforts, to demonstrate to the world that Trump's action does not reflect the views of most Americans and to ensure that the U.S.is ready to rejoin the global effort to prevent climate change at the first opportunity.

Under Trump, the USA has already become an irresponsible role model.

While Trump may believe that his Paris agreement exit will help with "reassertion for American workers' sovereignty", he could potentially regret those words in the future.

President Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event Thursday afternoon.

Donald Trump and Barack Obama. He said American withdrawal "represents a reassertion of American sovereignty".

President Donald Trump said on June 1 that he is pulling the USA out of the Paris climate accord because the deal prioritized the needs of Europe over those of America.

In an exceptional step, continental Europe's three biggest economies-Germany, France and Italy-issued a joint statement in which they criticised Trump's decision and said the pact was "not renegotiable".

Brown joined Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of NY to form the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris climate agreement, a pact involving almost 200 nations aimed at slowing the warming of the planet.

United States has stopped being the leader of the free world.

Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, said the United States administration was "failing to recognise what is already an inevitable and irreversible direction of travel away from dependence on fossil fuels and towards a low carbon future - with all the jobs, growth and innovation that this entails".

"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country", he said.

Economist Gary Hufbauer of the Washington-based Peterson Institute told VOA he expects other countries to remain a part of the accord, and that Trump deciding to leave would "put the U.S.in a bad light".

Global leaders strongly encouraged the U.S.to stay in the agreement, but many big players also said in recent days that they will honor their own commitments even if the US retreats. "And they won't be", Trump added as he tapped into the "America First" message he used when he was elected president a year ago.

The White House signaled that Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact - fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges - though top aides were divided.

Scientists have warned failure to curb risky climate change will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and heatwaves as well as massive loss of wildlife and reduction in crop yields, potentially sparking conflict and mass migration.

Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, also expressed disappointment at the decision, saying industry must now take the lead in reducing emissions.

Republican US congressional leaders backed Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell applauded Trump "for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama administration's assault on domestic energy production and jobs".