Trump drops Paris Climate Agreement; Elon Musk drops president's business council

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday he was withdrawing the USA from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies overseas.

Warning of the "massive redistribution of United States wealth", Trump described his decision to pull out in economic terms, saying the accord jeopardizes domestic jobs and energy industries.

Trump, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S. Still, he said, the administration would consider another climate framework - maybe.

"And if we can, that's great. And if we can't, that's fine".

"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. He has also promised to end what he sees as wasteful payments to the United Nations Green Climate Fund.

Some US states, including California, Washington and NY, have vowed to continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and continue engaging in the global climate agreement process.

"We are seeing over 16 million people facing starvation in the third year of drought in South Sudan and Ethiopia".

Trump said the agreement will cost Americans jobs, particularly in industries such as coal mining, steel production and auto manufacturing, and said that the USA agreed to tougher targets than economic rivals such as China and India. He singled out the paper, automotive, cement and energy industries as those at risk of contraction in the event of more aggressive climate efforts.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the film's Sundance world premiere, Gore said of his much-observed meeting with Trump following the election: "He was receptive to some of what I had to say, and I appreciated that". "The mines are starting to open up. Where will they go?"

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.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, the founder of Space X, said he would resign from three White House scientific advisory boards as a sign of opposition to Trump's decision.

"I$3 Am departing presidential councils". Canada is unwavering in our commitment to fight climate change and support clean economic growth. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk wrote. It undermines America's standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity's ability to solve the climate crisis in time.

The withdrawal was one of his campaign promises, even though the agreement is non-binding and only requires countries to set their own emissions reductions targets.

The announcement fulfills one of Trump's top campaign pledges.

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

At the NRDC headquarters in San Francisco on May 31, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Sen. "The role of the federal government is to invest in [clean tech] research and development, help create a market and help get it started through tax policies for fuel cell, wind and solar technology".

Trump's decision sparked an instant wave of indignation both at home and overseas, with Obama saying the move meant the USA was "joining a handful of nations that reject the future". That's according to a White House official, congressional officials and others briefed by the White House. On Wednesday, the BBC reported that a forthcoming joint statement from Chinese and European Union leaders will call the agreement "an imperative more important than ever" and reaffirms those nations' "highest political commitment" to implementation. "For us to join with the ranks of Syria and Nicaragua as being the only countries not to sign on this, I think is a mistake".

"President Putin signed this convention in Paris". "And we are going to continue to reduce emissions over the next 10 years, likely regardless of Trump policy".

  • Salvatore Jensen