Musk to quit Trump advisory councils after Paris accord decision

NY governor Andrew Cuomo, California governor Edmund Brown Jr., and Washington state governor Jay Inslee said they're forming a coalition of states committed to fighting climate change.

In his announcement, Trump said he feels a duty to represent Americans in pulling out of the agreement. These include the non-CA/NY mayors of Boston, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, and many other large cities.

Kerry called for states and cities to continue honoring the ideals of the Paris agreement, which requires participants to present plans to reduce their carbon emissions. Pittsburgh, however, apparently wishes to remain in the Agreement.

The US President announced on Thursday evening his intention to withdraw from the nation from landmark agreement to put the world on track to avoid risky climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

But Trump said that the USA - and its workers - got a bad deal when it entered the historic deal.

Former President Barack Obama lamented the decision of his successor, President Donald Trump, to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday, saying in a statement that the deal was meant to "protect the world we leave to our children".

He said the U.S. will begin negotiations to reenter the Paris Agreement "on terms that are fair to the United States". "It is time to exit the Paris Accord and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens, and our country".

The decision means the USA will pull out of the Green Climate Fund, which Mr Trump said cost the country "a vast fortune". "If we can't, that's fine", Trump said.

He said the US would try to negotiate re-entry on better terms.

"For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging". And even though research shows that the US has the highest level of carbon emissions on the planet, Thursday's decision shows just how far Trump is willing to go to dismantle Obama's environmental policies. "The agreement doesn't eliminate coal jobs; it just transfers them out of the United States and ships them to foreign countries".

"A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children", Obama added. "They can do whatever they want in 13 years, but not us". If we can, that's great.

  • Zachary Reyes