UN says US withdrawal from Paris deal 'major disappointment'

This morning President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, joining just two other countries - Nicaragua and Syria - who have rejected the global accord.

Trump's decision on the Paris deal comes as he and a Republican-controlled Congress are attempting to dismantle other key Obama achievements, including the Affordable Care Act.

And this time, Obama didn't hold back!

With Trump's action, the United States will walk away from almost every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century. He announced that he will be stepping down from Trump's advisory council due to this decision.

"As a global company with customers that span that world, HPE stands with leading businesses and the worldwide community in reaffirming strong support for the Paris Agreement".

On CNN later, the senator also challenged the notion that USA non-participation would be environmentally calamitous.

French president Emmanuel Macron categorically ruled out any renegotiation and said Mr Trump's decision would harm American interests and citizens. Half of them are in states that Donald Trump won.

They added that the course charted by the accord is "irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated".

"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord", Trump said during a White House Rose Garden announcement.

Jim Cooper tweeted, "Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is an abdication of USA leadership and a moral failure to our kids and grandkids".

Lawmakers, world leaders, former presidential candidates and even former President Obama had a lot to say about the decision. France, Italy and German indicated they were ready to do more to help in the absence of USA funds.

Speaking to NBC News' Andrea Mitchell, Kerry stated his belief that this was an "abdication of American leadership" and a "shameful moment", especially since the United States "unilaterally walked away from an agreement which did not have one other country requiring us to do something". "Listen to the hundreds of CEOs ... who are telling the president instead of abandoning the issue of climate change, he ought to double down". But those targets are largely voluntary, and Trump has already made clear that he views environmental regulations as an obstacle to his goal of creating jobs and ensuring energy independence. The American Lung Association gave Allegheny a failing grade in its most recent "State of the Air" report.

  • Carolyn Briggs