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Trump announces USA withdrawal from Paris climate deal

02 Juin 2017

"Despite the US government's decision to withdraw, global automakers must continue developing vehicles to meet more stringent fuel economy and emissions standards for the rest of the world that remains part of the Paris Agreement on climate change", said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Autotrader.

“Generations from now, Americans will look back at Donald Trumps decision to leave the Paris Agreement as one of the most ignorant and risky actions ever taken by any President, ” Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement.

Speaking from the White House, Trump said he was open to renegotiating aspects of the agreement, which was inked under his predecessor and which all nations except two have signed onto.

During Trump's campaign, he pledged to pull the United States out of the agreement, claiming it would hurt jobs in the States-this argument has been disputed by environmental groups and many economists.

Musk had threatened to do so prior to Trump's announcement.

In a TV address broadcast both in French and English, Macron said he respected Trump's decision, "but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the USA and for our planet".

The GCF, launched in 2010, is a U.N. climate fund aimed at channeling money from industrialized nations to developing countries to help them tackle global warming and other problems related to climate change.

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, Governor Jerry Brown of California, and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance after the announcement, stating that they would convene states committed to upholding the Paris Agreement and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But a USA withdrawal frees the world's other industrial states to back off their own commitments. Conservatives also argue that it transfers wealth from the U.S.to benefit poorer countries.

If Trump had stayed in, he could have used the tools in the agreement - meant to ratchet up commitments to cut emissions - as a way to cut the USA targets. "Please don't change the (political) climate for the worse", European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted.

France and the United States "would continue to work together", but not on climate change, the presidential office said.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

President Donald Trump invoked the people of Pittsburgh to defend his climate change decision Thursday, and the city's mayor bristled in response. Former Secretary of State John Kerry calls Trump's decision "an irresponsible walking back of American leadership". "I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve U.S. interests".

"While the loss of America's leadership is unfortunate, this is a struggle that is far from over", he said.

European leaders were uncharacteristically blunt in their condemnation and unceremoniously slapped down Mr Trump's suggestion that a new deal was up for debate. Great countries do not become dependent on fossil fuels coming from other countries in case of a war or other conflict.

"As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens", he said.

Still, the United States pulling out of an agreement it initially helped champion sets a chilling precedent for the Accord, which relies on global participation to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and rising temperatures. "Pittsburgh stands with the world and will follow Paris agreement".

Five Nordic countries wrote a last-minute letter to Trump, saying the Paris accord was a commitment "to our children".

Trump announces USA withdrawal from Paris climate deal