Some Actual Good News After Trump's Paris Agreement Fiasco

Obama also weighed in, releasing a statement defending the Paris Climate Accord as precisely the opposite of what Trump claims it to be: Good for the USA economy, good for Americans, and good for the planet.

The Paris agreement marked a turning point in the global fight against climate change, uniting nearly 200 nations worldwide to legally ratify action against pollution.

In a news conference from the White House Rose Garden, Trump cited a National Economic Research Associates study to justify his decision, saying the agreement could cost the US $3 trillion by 2040, reducing the industrial job-sector workforce by 6.5 million, including a loss of 3.1 million manufacturing jobs.

Follow Marie Claire on Facebook for the latest news, fascinating reads, video, and more. "Industry must now lead and not depend on government", Immelt said on Twitter shortly after Trump's announcement.

The United States was one of 195 nations that agreed to the accord in Paris in December 2015, a deal that former U.S. President Barack Obama was instrumental in brokering, Reuters added.

Obama's office released the statement in the middle of Trump's Rose Garden announcement that the USA would be withdrawing from the landmark climate pact. "The transformation envisaged in the Paris Agreement is already underway".

"Tonight the United States has turned its back on the world, but France will not turn its back on Americans", he said.

"To let the world know that, even if this administration doesn't yet recognise it, we as citizens won't go silent on climate change", Psaki said.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

Trump said the accord "disadvantages the USA to the exclusive betterment of other countries", and targeted India specifically.

Weather.com's editor Sean Breslin weighed in on Twitter on Thursday afternoon to clarify that its messaging wasn't meant to troll Trump's decision, but rather to educate. Included within his heavily scrutinized remarks was Trump's blustery assertion that America was a laughingstock on the world stage for initially participating in this environmentally-minded initiative. In it, the former president warned that the United States would risk missing out on the economic benefits of being a part of the Paris agreement. Another Intel executive said in a statement that the company thinks the US should stay in the accord.

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