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Tech world blasts withdrawal from Paris agreement

02 Juin 2017

The United States, historically the largest contributor to global warming, will withdraw from the non-binding Paris Climate Agreement, President Trump announced Thursday.

Tesla founder Elon Musk tried to persuade the president to stay in the accord and said Wednesday that he would quit the White House business advisory council if Washington left the Paris Agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he had made a decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark global pact to fight climate change.

North Dakota's congressional delegation also said they would have rather seen a renegotiation of the deal rather than a full withdrawal. The two leaders also discussed trade relations between the two countries, according to the statement. It was a pointed reference to a 2012 tweet by Mr. Trump falsely claiming that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

Cook is not the only business leader to have expressed disappointment or disagree with Trump's decision.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is resisting pressure from within his own ranks to reconsider Australia's commitment to the Paris agreement.

Pittsburgh's mayor, Democrat Bill Peduto, shot back on Twitter that his city, long the heart of the USA steel industry, actually embraced the Paris accord.

The US Conference of Mayors strongly condemned the move and promised to continue to respect the Paris limits even as the nation as a whole withdraws.

The Climate Mayors' statement echoes a call in November by Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, for the 128 United States mayors who are part of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to join the Paris Agreement in the federal government's place. Govs. Jerry Brown, Andrew Cuomo and Jay Inslee all vowed to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

Mayors from major cities around the world say they remain committed to the Paris climate accord despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the deal. Here, then-candidate Donald Trump holds a sign supporting coal during a campaign rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016.

Other lawmakers, including U.S. Senator Rand Paul, took to twitter to defend the move. "This is an extraordinary moment of fake news, because the economy he described is not the economy of America".

Senior White House Officials say that the desire to renegotiate is honest and the President wants to figure out if there is a more "rational approach" to climate and energy policy. The deal, negotiated by the USA and other world powers, eased economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

I'm appalled that the President used my city to justify his unacceptable decision, as most other Pittsburghers are. The U.S. will continue to be a leader in energy technology, development, & delivery. Trump's announcement fulfilled a campaign pledge.

Am departing presidential councils.

Many in the coalition are concerned about how the effects of climate change, including rising seas, could affect their coastal cities, agriculture and ecosystems. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.