McKenna 'deeply disappointed' in USA decision to pull out of Paris

The Climate Mayors, a group of 61 mayors of U.S. cities, released a joint statement on Thursday afternoon saying they would commit to upholding the Paris Agreement despite the federal government's withdrawal.

CNN columnist John D Sutter categorised the pullout as "catastrophic both for this country and the planet".

But Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to cancel United States participation in the deal, said he would ditch the Paris accord because it handicaps the U.S. economy. (Upon hearing that Trump had chose to withdraw from the agreements, Musk tweeted that he was quitting the president's advisory councils.) Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, all suggested that he keep the United States in the deal.

The US president, who had pledged to quit the deal during last year's election campaign, said he will be seeking a better deal for US workers.

Trump said he could not "in good conscience support a deal that punishes the USA and that poses no punishment for the world's great polluters".

And former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, who helped preside over the talks to secure the agreement, said: "The real economy both in the USA and internationally must and will continue its decarbonisation trend, pulled much more strongly by market forces than held back by politics".

Seven Social Democratic ministers in her coalition government said the United States "is harming itself, we Europeans and all the people of the world". "At what point does America get demeaned?"

At a regularly scheduled news conference Thursday, Hua said: "No matter whether other countries' positions may change, we will continue to uphold" a model of sustainable development.

The president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council tweeted, "Fascinating statement by @realDonaldTrump given that the citizens of Paris (TX) voted overwhelmingly for him and those of #Pittsburgh didn't".

Before Trump announced his decision Thursday afternoon, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told reporters during a visit to Berlin that fighting global warming was a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility".

"I would call it a vacuous political melodrama", Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said of President Trump's Rose Garden announcement that the US would turn its back on the Paris Agreement, a landmark worldwide accord to reduce carbon emissions and build global capacity for clean energy.

"They don't put America first", he said.

Opponents of the deal have said it will hamper America's economic growth and cost jobs.

He said the agreement would "decimate" the coal, steel and vehicle manufacturing industries.

Obama, in a statement, expressed regret over Trump's action.

"This administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future", Mr Obama said.

Officials believe that the accord "was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation".

The move did not necessarily come as a surprise- reports on Wednesday indicated Trump meant to leave the agreement.

European leaders have also dispelled Mr Trump's assertion that the US's role in the accord will be renegotiated.

However, Russia signed on to the Paris agreement, and the U.S. is joined only by Syria, a war-torn nation, and Nicaragua, which argued for a stronger agreement, in opposing the global accord.

  • Leroy Wright