Leonardo DiCaprio shudders as Trump pulls USA out of Paris Agreement
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 7:34
"But begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction".
However, Trump indicated that re-entry may not be a top priority for his administration.
"We will succeed because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again", said Macron, tweaking the "Make America great again" slogan promoted by Trump.
Garcetti said he's working with Los Angeles City Council members on a motion instructing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and other city departments, to adopt the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement as the policy of the city of Los Angeles. Calculations suggest withdrawal could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.
By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge. Back at the White House this week, the couple is keeping their heads down, and it's "business as usual", according to the administration official.
The pact was "very unfair" to the United States and beneficial to other major polluters like China and India, the president claimed.
The US was one of 195 nations that agreed to the accord in Paris in December 2015, a deal that former president Barack Obama was instrumental in brokering.
The Paris Agreement states that countries must wait four years before withdrawing. Trump was pressured heavily by his foreign counterparts during last week's G7 meetings in Sicily to remain in the deal, but his advisers say he felt little obligation to concede to that point of view.
And French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni said in a joint statement Thursday that they take note "with regret" the US decision to pull out of the 2015 agreement.
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and Walt Disney Co CEO Robert Iger said they would leave White House advisory councils over Trump's decision.
Trump's decision is considered a win for Republicans and pulls the USA - the second-largest producer of carbon dioxide - out of a almost 200-nation agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Neil Hirst, from the Imperial College of London, told Al Jazeera Trump's decision marks the decline of American leadership on the world stage.
Cook is not the only business leader to have expressed disappointment or disagree with Trump's decision. Many economists believe the accord would likely help create about as many jobs in renewable energy as it might cost in polluting industries.
How could the USA withdrawal affect global climate policy?
Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner if the USA retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.
Mr Trump said the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, secured in the French capital in December 2015, which commits countries to curbing rising global temperatures.
But some Republicans in Congress opposed Trump's move. Sen.
American corporate leaders have also appealed to the businessman-turned-president to stay.
The White House began informing members of Congress Thursday afternoon that Trump planned to pull out of the USA from the landmark agreement, according to a congressional source. During Trump's speech, the faint sounds of protesters could be heard in the distance banging drums.
"I can not, in good conscience, support a deal that punishes the United States, which is what it does", Trump said.
"By expanding markets for innovative clean technologies, the agreement generates jobs and economic growth", the letter says. Trump promised to stop implementation of the "non-binding" parts of the deal immediately.
The Paris pact obligates the United States - the world's second largest emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gasses - to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025, compared to 2005 levels.
Mr Trump had vowed to cancel the Paris accord within 100 days of becoming president on 20 January.
White House aides have been divided on the question of staying or leaving the accord and had been deliberating on "caveats in the language" as late as Wednesday, one official said.
So was opposition from environmental groups.
"Obviously, Jared and Ivanka don't have as much pull as we think", said a source close to the administration on Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement.