Trump pulls United States out of Paris climate accord

Trump has expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken USA industry.The Republican vowed at the time to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster US oil and coal industries.

"The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and the President's action today is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first", the talking points read.

As part of its commitments, the United States would have had to reduce emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

But Obama said he was confident nonetheless that U.S. cities, states and businesses will fill the void by taking the lead on protecting the climate.

Democrats had been calling on Trump to stay in the agreement, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announcing last week that 40 Democratic senators had sent the President a letter urging him to honor the USA commitment.

But as Trump moved on to pull the USA from the agreement, world leaders vowed to continue with the accord.

Trump said at an event in the Rose Garden that the USA seeks to be "environmentally friendly", and that it will sit down with worldwide leaders to renegotiate the climate change deal. He says the US should be "at the front of the pack".

"Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Trump says he is "closely monitoring the situation" and will continue to provide updates".

But getting out of the Paris accord is no quick operation.

Musk has been among the few from tech sector to work with the Trump administration, participating in the president's Economic Advisory Board and Manufacturing Jobs Initiative.

Trump had several options for withdrawal, ultimately choosing a step that bridged a divide between remaining in the accord and a drastic, immediate withdrawal from the entire United Nations climate change treaty.

"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation" of the Paris accord and the "draconian" burdens it mandated, he said. Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should abide by the deal.

In a May 2016 campaign speech on energy policy, Trump said he would "cancel" the Paris treaty.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus. Trump, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon are both said to support Trump's decision to quit the agreement.

For China, the No. 1 polluter, having overtaken the United States, the goal was for emissions to peak by 2030 and then start dropping, reducing the amount of carbon pollution per person to about 60 percent of 2005 levels.

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

"Climate change is not a fairy tale".

In 2015, Cuomo, appearing alongside former Vice President Al Gore, signed the Under 2 MOU committing to help keep the earth's average temperature from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, as compared to pre-industrial levels.

When asked on Tuesday whether Trump believes human activity is contributing to climate change, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters: "Honestly, I haven't asked him that". Some of his aides have been searching for a middle ground in an effort to thread the needle between his base of supporters who oppose the deal for fear it will hamper USA economic growth and those warning that a US exit would deal a blow to the fight against global warming as well as to worldwide USA leadership.

"The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts", he said.

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