Trump pulling United States out of Paris climate deal: Axios

SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk will be stepping down from various presidential advisory panels in response to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. In France, Paris city hall said it would illuminate its building in green on Thursday "in a sign of disapproval" of Trump's announcement and to recall the determination of cities around the world to fight climate change.

Mr Trump was accused of ignoring science and putting people's lives and prosperity at risk by rejecting the deal, which aims to avert risky climate change.

"Even without the United States, around 70 per cent of the world's emissions are covered by that agreement".

Iger wrote on Twitter that "as a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal".

"These are problems that are only getting worse as climate change gets worse", he said.

Musk has been a member of Trump's infrastructure council, manufacturing jobs council and strategic and policy forum.

"GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed", the company said in a statement.

Critics also say that USA withdrawal from the agreement will leave a leadership hole that will be filled by China or Russian Federation.

Trump administration officials on Thursday repeatedly refused to say whether the president believes human activity contributes to climate change. Cook reportedly called Trump on Tuesday to press for him to remain a part of the agreement, according to Bloomberg. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.

The computing giant, a carbon neutral company since 2007, is on track this year to reach its goal of 100% renewable energy for global operations. Bannon told crowds earlier in Trump's presidency that Trump's message during the 2016 campaign was "economic nationalism" - Thursday's speech was exactly that.

"The Secretary-General looks forward to engaging with the American government and all actors in the United States and around the world to build the sustainable future on which our grandchildren depend". "Ten years ago, we declared that climate change was one of the most critical global environmental challenges facing the planet", the statement reads.

With Trump's action, the USA will walk away from almost every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century.

He predicted Washington would eventually reverse its decision.

The United States joins a very short list of countries unwilling to participate - the other two being Nicaragua and Syria.

Even cars sold in the USA will still have to comply with regulations overseen by government entities such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board, said Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Otherwise, they risk being unable to sell their vehicles in global markets, including China, now the world's largest new-car market, and falling behind technologically".

  • Leroy Wright