Tillerson: US still will cut emissions despite Paris pullout

Posted June 06, 2017

President Donald Trump campaigned as the real estate executive who was going to bring a businessman's sensibilities to Washington. During the transition, he rolled out the welcome mat at Trump Tower, inviting a parade of CEOs from every industry imaginable.

"I can't express to you my disappointment", he said over the phone Friday. When the pope went to the White House, he talked about the dangers of air pollution when he was here. "We need action", Bloomberg said.

Keane said Trump is doing the right thing for American citizens, explaining that the deal hurt the US economically, while not putting harsher restrictions on major polluters like India and China.

In part that is because the Paris Agreement went into effect only previous year, it's voluntary and it doesn't carry penalties for countries that fall short of emissions-cutting targets.

"It will be an abdication of leadership", Brune said.

And Peter Sachs, GM of Lowa, didn't mince words when speaking abut Trump's latest controversial decision.

An avalanche of criticism greeted Mr Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 accord that sets non-binding targets to curb emissions that drive global warming. "But the most surprising is that he ignored the business voices".

But Britain did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, who said they regretted Trump's decision and insisted that the accord can not be renegotiated.

"We can not protect America's interest without a seat at the table, so San Diego will continue to lead on environmental protection", Faulconer tweeted.

Trump on Friday acknowledged his decision was "controversial", but maintained it was "a big service to the American people". Rich countries agreed to make a substantial but hardly sacrificial donation to help poor countries adapt to the ravages of climate change that are already evident. California Governor Jerry Brown called Trump's choice "tragic". "You take input. You make your own mind up". Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobil CEO, had urged Trump not to abandon the deal but was ultimately overruled. "It reduces his power to lead among the business community, and clearly, globally", he said. He also belonged to Trump's manufacturing jobs council.

The final time she said, "You should ask him that". I've answered the question a couple times. "I'm a little anxious that you're putting your head in the sand on that", Acosta said.

Given how fragile and unambitious the Paris Accord is, why bother to withdraw?

If he still thinks climate change is "bulls--", as he once tweeted, he risks alienating himself on this issue from majorities in the rest of the world.

Pruitt [failing to answer the question]: You know, it's interesting about all the discussions we had through the last several weeks have been focused on one singular issue: Is Paris good or not for this country?

"Donald Trump said he was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, but his misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate does not reflect the values of our city", said Peduto.

He also praised President Trump along with a House passed budget, while slamming climate change spending under Obama.

The group-which to date includes three governors, 30 mayors, more than 90 university presidents, and over 100 businesses-is preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to ensure that the USA remains a global leader in reducing emissions. "But I think we can lessen that in a responsible way that doesn't. put entire groups of people out of work".