Fact check: Trump's shaky claims on climate accord

As President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate deal slamming China and India, Beijing said on Friday it was ready to "shoulder the responsibility" of fighting climate change.

Before he had even finished speaking former US President Barack Obama published a statement urging Americans to "step up and lead the way and help to protect for future generations the one planet we've got".

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.

Trump said Washington would not honour its carbon-cutting contribution, nor global climate finance commitments made under his predecessor Barack Obama.

"Nowhere is that more important than in leading the global clean energy transition and the implementation - the full implementation without nuances - of the Paris Climate Agreement", he said.

His comments came on the same day Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement.

Hours before Trump's decision, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation fully supports the Paris Agreement.

While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, "since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics".

Despite the decision by the USA, the second biggest polluter after China, to pull out of the deal, many analysts suggest the shift to a low-carbon economy is now unstoppable, with renewable prices tumbling and new clean technology being developed and deployed. Trump said the accord "disadvantages the United States to the exclusive betterment of other countries" and targeted India and China specifically.

The president's decision is fundamentally shifting alliances around the world.

"I think it slows down this rush toward punitive measures against the United States industrial base and mining industry", Hamilton said.

The reactions from across the business world - including oil producers, the tech sector and finance - stood apart from Trump's portrayal of the decision as a needed corrective to rules that could stymie commerce. So we can't build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called on Trump to reverse what she called a dramatic decision, adding: "If we want to avoid the most devastating effects of the climate crisis, the next four years are crucial".

From American lawmakers, environmentalists, celebrities to residents, a majority of the country's population has slammed Trump's decision to quit the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement on Thursday.

Despite this, a number of figures from USA industry expressed their dismay at Trump's move.

Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger said they would leave White House advisory councils after Trump's move.

The Democratic governors' new pact commits to that same goal, which requires a 26 to 28 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.

"The science on climate change is perfectly clear: we need more action, not less".

  • Zachary Reyes