Obama slams Trump for exiting Paris climate deal

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.

The deal was signed in 2015 along with 194 countries including Australia in a bid to slow global warming and rising sea levels.

President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord because he felt that the deal was unfair to the businesses, workers and taxpayers of the United States.

"It's time to exit the Paris accord", Mr. Trump said, adding that it's time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, the US and its people.

The report also notes the U.S.'s 2025 Paris goal itself would not have kept the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, which is the central objective of the climate agreement.

"It isolates the United States after we had united the world", Kerry continued.

Former US president Barack Obama criticised the move, but voiced confidence that US states and businesses would work harder to protect the planet.

So U.S. participation in the Paris accords was vitally important.

"President Trump's decision to quit the Paris Agreement and slash USA funding for the Green Climate Fund weakens the already frayed bonds of trust between developed and developing countries".

Trump said the USA will also immediately stop contributing to the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations-affiliated organization that helps developing nations adapt to and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.

"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created", Obama said.

The agreement was more about other nations gaining "financial advantage" over the United States than about the environment, he claimed.

"I hope states around the country join Virginia in showing Washington the way forward on this critical issue for our nation and our world", McAuliffe said.

Under Trump's "America First" banner it is abandoning that role at its own risk.

President Donald Trump has announced from the Rose Garden that America will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. A Franklin & Marshall University poll in May found that although the president gets strong support from Republicans and conservatives, just over half the state's voters gave him an "F" in climate change and the environment.

"When climate change is already causing devastating harm, we don't have the moral right to turn our backs on efforts to preserve this planet", Sanders tweeted.

Rep. Donald McEachin, D-4th District, called for the president to reconsider his decision. The United States should not only be a part of any worldwide discussion on the environment, it should be a leader. Last year, before a lunch to discuss what the Paris accord would mean for Pittsburgh, the city's World Affairs Council cited his experience in building a new economy and making the city a leader in green initiatives. "[The report presents] one of the more pessimistic views in terms of what could happen", says Noelle Selin, associate director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Technology and Policy Program. He also mentioned the "legal liability" "we" would have if the USA stayed in the deal, apparently referring to the idea that it would solidify legal arguments against Scott Pruitt's attempt to poison the air and water.

  • Zachary Reyes