Donald Trump confirms United States exit from climate change deal
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 8:37
President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a move that will weaken efforts to fight climate change and raise tensions in an already uneasy relationship with technology companies that have vocally opposed such a move.
Many foreign leaders, business executives and even his own daughter lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal.
Catherine McKenna was responding to news that the U.S.is pulling out of the landmark 190-country agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, although the president says the U.S.is willing to try to negotiate its re-entry, under better terms. If we can, great.
"We're getting out", he said.
With Trump's action, the United States will walk away from almost every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century.
"President Trump's courageous decision to exit the Paris Accord recognizes that the United States is not legally bound to an Obama-era agreement that set unrealistic emissions targets at the expense of billions of American taxpayer dollars without the approval of Congress", said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who joined nine other states in urging Trump to leave the agreement.
"I can not, in good conscience, support a deal that punishes the United States, which is what it does", he said. ".As of today the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding accord". "The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement. I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve U.S. interests".
Trump said the "badly negotiated" accord would cost the US economy 2.7 million jobs by 2025, citing a study from NERA Economic Consulting criticised by clean energy advocates for assessing a decarbonization pathway that is unrealistic and unnecessarily costly.
"We think the Paris agreement was always premised on false information", Morrisey said in a statement.
By withdrawing, the United States joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to participate in the agreement, although it takes four full years to officially withdraw and a new president could reverse the decision before then.
Supporters of the agreement, which include many Republican business leaders as well as environmental activists, say just the opposite - that steps to combat global warming would help the US economy by building up new industries, especially solar and wind power.
"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Trump, standing in the Rose Garden, said to applause from invited guests.
Meanwhile, former Mexico president Vincente Fox unleashed a tweetstorm following the announcement, saying Trump has "surrendered the hopes and future of a nation".
Trump said Wednesday he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways".
The U.S. signed on past year along with nearly 200 other nations around the world.
But Trump said on Thursday that the United States, which had pledged US$3 billion towards the Green Climate Fund, of which it delivered US$1 billion under Barack Obama, would not fulfill its financing commitments. Earlier on Thursday, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk quit two of the president's business advisory councils after Trump announced his decision.
Musk isn't the only CEO who has pushed Trump to uphold the deal.
Inside the West Wing, attempts to sway Trump's thinking also continued apace. But Trumps statement was clear and direct.
Ivanka Trump and her allies, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump's chief economist Gary Cohn, have pressed Trump to alter the U.S. commitments to the Paris agreement without fully pulling out of the accord.