Tech leaders defy Trump on climate deal

"I can not, in good conscience, support a deal that punishes the United States - the world's leader in environmental protection - while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world's leading polluters", Trump said, before singling out China and India.

Trump has made a decision to take his country out of the Paris climate control agreement which has led to Tesla owner Elon Musk leaving his position on the president's advisory council.

Dealing a big blow to the Paris accord, Trump eventually announced: "We are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that is fair".

Climate issues were expected to dominate discussions between Li, who is leading a large delegation of ministers to Brussels, and EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The former US President said the accord in fact "opened the floodgates" to jobs as opposed to Trump's assumptions of it being the economic drag.

Chevron spokesperson Melissa Ritchie said her company "supports continuing with the Paris Agreement as it offers a first step towards a global framework". He complained in particular about China's terms under the agreement. "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I can not in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States".

Developed nations, such as the United States, would donate funds which under the climate pact was created to reach $100 billion a year by 2020.

According New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is spearheading the effort, cities, states and private companies could even surpass Obama's pledge to reduce America's planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025.

He claims the deal allows countries such as China and India to continue polluting, and gain a "financial advantage" over the US.

There is no way to put "Pittsburgh before Paris" when it comes to global warming, as the president promised Thursday.

"I know many of you share my disappointment with the White House's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement". Macron added in France they would work to "make our planet great again", a play on Trump's campaign slogan to "make America great again".

The response to Trump's announcement in Japan was swift, with a government statement released on June 2 declaring, "Climate change requires a concerted effort by the whole of the worldwide community".

The way forward is for U.S. cities and states to enforce it. Americans are even eager to do their share.

Donald Trump's dramatic decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris Agreement, the world's first comprehensive treaty on climate change, has caused political shockwaves around the world.

Modi has made it clear when the Paris Agreement was first broadly agreed to in 2015 that more developed countries needed to shoulder more responsibility for reducing carbon emissions.

The United Nations said America's exit from Paris was a "major disappointment", with a spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging the USA to remain a "leader on environmental issues".

  • Zachary Reyes