Trump's Speech On Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal, Annotated

In a highly anticipated move, President Trump just pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

"We are getting out, but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair".

"Under both President Bush and President Obama, the United States made enormous strides in reducing emissions and developing cleaner energy generation, but we can not control nor guarantee the actions of other countries in this effort".

In a statement, he said: "The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created".

Trump argued his action was in the interest of the American people-and said the United States would seek "a new deal".

"At this moment, when climate change is already causing devastating harm around the world, we do not have the moral right to turn our backs on efforts to preserve this planet for future generations", Senator Bernie Sanders said, according to the Hill.

But the congressman said he hopes the Trump administration will work with USA allies to address climate change after exiting the agreement. Paris withdrawal leaves American workers & families behind.

But that proposition led to a swift joint statement from France, Germany, and Italy who said the accord can't be renegotiated.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, another member of Trump's business councils, said on Twitter that he is "disappointed" with Trump's decision on Paris. "I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve USA interests".

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", he said. "And if we can, that's great, and if we can't, that's fine". "We will succeed because we are fully committed". Share your response in the comments.

"As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens", he said. "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, I can not in good conscience support [the deal]", he added. To work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment.

Sen. Susan Collins tweeted - "Climate change requires a global approach".

Meanwhile, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called the United States decision to exit the Paris climate pact a "major disappointment".

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.

Trump said Thursday the Paris accord is more about other nations gaining a "financial advantage" over the USA than it is about climate change.

"The United States must remain a key actor and leader", Katko said. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects. Recently, he executive produced and appeared in the documentary Before the Flood, which focused on global warming.

Only Syria and Nicaragua are non-participants in the 195-nation accord agreed in Paris in 2015.

Obama's office released the statement in the middle of Trump's Rose Garden announcement that the USA would be withdrawing from the landmark climate pact.

  • Zachary Reyes