Trump pulls U.S. out of Paris climate pact

In December 2015, 100 major companies signed a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal calling for the USA economy to shift to a low-carbon future and showing their support for the Paris climate change conference.

The U.S. joins only two other countries - Nicaragua and Syria - not part of the deal to reduce emissions.

California is the US's most populous state.

"The US Conference of Mayors is a strong proponent of the need to address climate change and we support the Paris agreement, which positions the world's nations, including the United States, to be energy independent, self-reliant, and resilient", Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton, chair of the conference's environment committee, said in a statement.

Conway went on television and said Trump's backers felt "betrayed" by Romney and questioned whether he was right choice.

"We urge the Administration to reconsider its decision, which is certain to damage the USA economy, the health and safety of the American people and America's standing in the world".

"If the president wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks", they said.

Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it.

"If we can't, that's fine", said Trump, adding that the new agreement must ensure "fair" treatment to the United States, its business, its workers, and its taxpayers.

Trump, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S. Ultimately, the lobbying by Trump's environmental protection chief Scott Pruitt and chief strategist Steve Bannon urging the president to leave won out.

"This decision, based on falsehoods and the denial of climate change, would be a complete disaster for our cities, Washington state, our country and the entire world. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk said.

"Governments will respond to it, so it is on track to be presented", he said.

Mr Trump did not give a timescale for United States withdrawal, but White House sources had earlier suggested it could take up to four years.

Trump had raised alarm bells when he refused to sign up to a pledge on the deal at last week's G7 meeting in Italy.

Trump will never "destroy the Paris accord" which "was the best compromise possible", Fabius said.

China has been investing billions in clean energy infrastructure, as it battles to clear up the choking pollution enveloping its biggest cities.

"We believe that a global approach towards dealing with climate change is the best chance the worldwide community has at effectively addressing its effects".

Without mentioning the USA specifically, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement".

French President, Emmanuel Macron said, "The Paris agreement remains irreversible".

The audience in front of Trump applauds enthusiastically as the world's biggest economy bids farewell to the 2015 global agreement dealing with greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation.

To make efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

  • Carolyn Briggs