Anger as Trump's U.S. leaves global climate pact

Posted June 03, 2017

Arnie also says that leaders from around the country will "rise-up" in rebellion over Trumps climate attitude. President Barack Obama pledged a total of $3 billion to the fund by 2020 as part of a global goal of $10 billion, but Trump promised not to finance it as a candidate and Congress has not made further contributions since the election.

In a speech from White House's Rose Garden on Thursday, Trump pointed out that New Delhi would get billions of dollars for meeting its commitments under the Paris deal.

Germany's environment minister underscored that Friday, saying "there will be no new deal with the United States" on climate change.

Trump's announcement on Thursday that he would take the United States out of the Paris accord, saying it would undermine the USA economy and cost jobs, drew anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry.

The journalist shot back: "So is that a yes?"

On Friday the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that Trump's announcement came "to the regret of nearly all", although it was "anything but a surprise". Shareholders in the world's largest publicly traded oil company, Exxon Mobil, this week backed a motion requiring the company to assess the risks from climate change to the business. "Signed by President Obama without Senate ratification, it would have driven up the cost of energy, hitting middle-class and low-income Americans the hardest", Ryan said.

"The decision made by US President Trump amounts to turning their backs on the wisdom of humanity".

Administration officials, from left, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Vice President Mike Pence, applaud as President Donal. "I believe it is possible to set an agenda that aims to protect our environment without hindering our economic growth here at home, and the Paris Climate agreement will make achieving this balance near impossible", Republican U.S. Sen. He said he was convinced the USA will eventually rejoin.

Former campaign aide Sam Nunberg said Trump typically wanted to hear a wide range of ideas and advice when making a decision, though he said he always found the process to be organized.

The president's decision to quit the 196-party accord sparked indignation at home and overseas, with former president Barack Obama saying the United States was "joining a handful of nations that reject the future". But they pointed to America's existing record.

Meanwhile, General Motors, the No. 1 US automaker, said it would continue its commitment to "creating a better environment".

In an email to Apple employees, CEO Tim Cook expressed disappointment and said he spoke with Trump on Tuesday to try to persuade him to stay in the Paris accord. That means the US would remain in the agreement, at least formally, for another three-and-a-half years, ensuring the issue remains alive in the next presidential election. The EU has long seen itself as a leader in this area, and the Paris Climate Accord would not have been struck without Chinese diplomatic efforts.

"Disappointed with today's decision on the Paris Agreement", General Electric chief executive Jeff Immelt said in a tweet.

But what is the Paris agreement?

"As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future", he posted in one of a series of tweets that swiftly went viral.

By placing America in the company of the only two countries that have not joined the Paris agreement - Syria and Nicaragua - Trump's decision is completely at odds with the current global atmosphere of cooperation. One of the administration officials responded: "If you look at the Europeans, if you look at other major economies or allies or partners, they have a strong interest in finding common ground with the United States and again, we don't want to get out ahead of ourselves here on what may be discussed or not".

"There are a lot of different issues related to the global climate agenda that may not necessarily fall into the Paris bucket per se".

But Trump didn't seem all that committed to opening up a new round of talks, saying of getting a deal, "if we can, that's great".