Trump misunderstood MIT climate research, university officials say

Compared to the federal government, US states have limited ability to implement and enforce worldwide agreements, including the Paris pact, which is aimed at preventing the planet from warming 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

"President Trump's decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues".

President Donald Trump kept Washington guessing Thursday as to whether he would keep his campaign promise to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord or stay in the global pact to reduce greenhouse gases, if only to keep a seat at the table.

While on the campaign trail, Trump said he would "cancel" the deal, which, as Trump put it, allowed "foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use". "If we can, great".

Campaigner Samir Dathi, coordinator of the Stop Trump coalition and one of the demonstrators outside the US Embassy, said other world leaders have said Mr Trump should not pull out of Paris, adding: "She could at least say that".

After today's announcement that the Trump administration is pulling out of the historic Paris climate agreement, Musk sent a tweet out confirming that he will be resigning from the presidential advisory councils on which he sits, as he promised yesterday.

At their meeting last month, the pope gave Trump a signed copy of his 2015 encyclical letter calling for protecting the environment from the effects of climate change and backed scientific evidence that it is caused by human activity.

The departure of the U.S. would make it significantly harder to avoid temperatures rising by more than two degrees Celsius by 2100, according to climate modeling by U.S. not-for-profit Climate Interactive.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the White House on Tuesday to urge Trump to remain in the deal, according to Bloomberg.

Since taking office, he has come under pressure from some advisers, close US allies, corporate CEOs, Democrats and some fellow Republicans to keep the United States in the accord. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies. President Trump is wrong to call climate change "a hoax;" it isn't.

The United States, under former President Barack Obama, had committed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

What followed was a series of tweets and announcements drumming up hype for the unveiling of his final decision.

The American president said the deal disadvantaged the United States, and that he hoped to seek "a better deal".

"A USA withdrawal from Paris will be a disappointment to the climate community, but it may also embolden other countries to fill the void left by the US and take on a greater leadership role", said Glen Peters, a Norwegian scientist who tracks global carbon emissions.

News of Trump's expected decision drew swift reaction from the United Nations.

American corporate leaders have also appealed to the businessman-turned-president to stay in the pact. Still, the United States remains the world's second largest emitter of carbon dioxide.

  • Carolyn Briggs