Trump withdraws from Paris climate deal, but says he'll begin new negotiations

Alain Brian
Juin 2, 2017

President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris global climate pact - fulfilling a campaign promise but alarming other world leaders and even going against the wishes of fossil fuel giants like Exxon and BP.

"The United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord", Trump said, saying it would include ending the implementation of carbon reduction targets set under Obama and ending contributions to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, which Trump said was "costing the United States a fortune". "If we can, that's great". Pulling out of the global agreement virtually isolates the United States, the world's second largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions, from key economic growth in green energy and diplomatic opportunity by not taking part in the global pact to make steep cuts to harmful emissions.

Trump complained that the deal, which was signed under his predecessor President Barack Obama, gives other countries an unfair advantage over U.S. industry and destroys American jobs.

He said withdrawing from the accord for the United States won't be easy and will take years.

Unfortunately, President Trump didn't listen to business leaders, his Secretary of State, or other clear voices of reason who advised him that pulling out of Paris will hurt our global relations, our economy and our environment.

With the exception of war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, which insists the agreement isn't tough enough, every country in the world has signed on to its provisions.

China says it will work with the European Union to uphold the global agreement on climate change even if the USA pulls out.

In anticipation of a USA withdrawal, European officials said China and the European Union will seek on June 2 to bolster the agreement by recommitting themselves to full implementation of the accord. "They went 'Wow.' They were so happy, for the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we all love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage". Top White House aides have been divided.

But some of his closest advisers, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and conservative groups had been pushing him to leave.

Trump raised alarm bells when he refused to sign up to a pledge on the deal at last week's G7 meeting in Italy.

Ms Merkel on Saturday labelled the result of the "six against one" discussion "very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory".

"I am a transatlanticist".

As news emerged Wednesday that Trump planned to quit the Paris deal, business leaders and foreign heads-of-state began castigating the decision as a woeful abandonment of U.S. leadership.

His decision ended weeks of speculation, some of it fueled by Trump himself and his Cabinet members.

"As it appears, that attempt failed", said Juncker.

"The already leading the world in energy production and doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers", it read.

At home in America, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposed the decision and said mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

The President campaigned against the climate agreement past year as a candidate, and those close to him said he was insistent upon fulfilling his promises, despite urging from some members of his own administration to remain in the agreement.

"But of course, we also hope to do this in cooperation with others".

They vowed steps to keep the worldwide rise in temperatures "well below" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times and to "pursue efforts" to hold the increase under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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