Tech leaders react with dismay to US Paris agreement exit

Economists and energy industry analysts said the United States withdrawal would see closer cooperation between the European Union and China, potentially at the cost of American jobs.

The UN Climate Change Secretariat said the "historic agreement" can not be negotiated based on the request of a single party.

The leader of Asia's other behemoth, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who is due to visit the White House shortly - has said failing to act on climate change would be "morally criminal".

Mr Trump tapped into the "America First" message he used when he was elected president past year, saying: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more".

"Protecting our planet and driving economic growth are critical to our future, and they aren't mutually exclusive", he said in a statement.

Oxfam France said the decision was "shameful and irresponsible".

China and the European Union are now expected to take the lead on climate action. "It will save millions of lives and slash the huge healthcare cost of pollution". He added, "In addition to being disappointed, I'm also angry".

What is the Paris Agreement? "Ultimately, this is an investment in our own survival that no-one can afford to abandon", he added.

Musk said that he had done "all I can" to convince Trump to stay in the accord, and threatened to leave the presidential advisory councils if Trump announced a U.S. exit from the accord.

Trump's critics have fumed that exiting the Paris deal puts the United States at a disadvantage on the world stage.

Announcing that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump misplaced the blame for what ails the coal industry and laid a shaky factual foundation for his decision.

But converting coal to gas would also produce more of the carbon dioxide that's the main driver behind climate change, first in manufacturing the gas and again in burning it.

"Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100", Trump said.

Ms Robinson said the agreement was not something that could be renegotiated in the interests of one country.

Mr Turnbull should go further, and raise Australia's voice, as an ally of the United States, in demanding Mr Trump reconsider this foolish decision.

"At the same time, we will continue to resolutely be a protector and promoter of the global climate system process, proactively participating in the multilateral climate change process", Hua said.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials said U.S. President Donald Trump badly misunderstood their research when he cited it on Thursday to justify withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Pettis said that he has seen the effects of climate change in the warming waters he wor.

Democratic Senator Ed Markey of MA, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and Environment and Public Works Committee, said with his decision, "Trump is breaking a promise to the world to combat climate change in order to keep an empty campaign promise to the coal industry".

"Withdrawal from the climate agreement is a betrayal of scientific fact, economic opportunity, and moral leadership. Turning our back on this agreement will be a disaster for America - for our businesses, for our health, and for our national security", he said.

The League of Women Voters president Chris Carson said withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement is a "giant step in the wrong direction" for the health of the planet and all living beings.

So when rising sea levels begin to flood New York City, it will be on Trump's head.

In the United Kingdom, the CBI said the decision was disappointing and said British businesses' investment and innovation would put them "at the heart of delivering a low-carbon economy".

  • Zachary Reyes