Obama pans Trump withdrawal from climate deal
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 8:41
During Trump's White House speech announcing his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the president won over supporters with the line, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the us from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies overseas. Over 107,000 more Pittsburgh voters wanted Hillary and, by extension, the Paris Climate Agreement. With his decision to leave the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump is putting the lie to one of his central claims: that he would run the country like a business. "But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair".
Abandoning the Paris pact will isolate the United States from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations.
But the White House maintains that the Paris climate accord could cost the US economy "millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in economic output over the next several decades". It has been signed by nearly 200 other countries; the U.S.is the third to reject it.
The United States, under former President Barack Obama, had committed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO fulfilled his promise Wednesday, saying he had done all he could to convince Trump of the threat posed by climate change.
Trump listed sectors of the USA economy that would lose revenues and jobs if the country remained part of the accord, citing a study - disputed vigorously by environmental groups - that claims the agreement would cost 2.7 million jobs by 2025.