We are out, says Trump

The US will now either begin negotiations to re-enter the 195-nation climate change deal or a process of re-negotiation of the deal itself to be more "on terms that are fair to the US, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as business magnate Elon Musk, criticized the Trump administration's controversial decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. He specified that the nation wouldn't follow through on billions of dollars in additional commitments to the Green Climate Fund, set up to help poor nations transition to clean energy sources.

A number of US leaders immediately criticized the move, and disputed Trump's economic rationale.

The president's decision to quit the 196-party accord sparked indignation at home and overseas, with former president Barack Obama saying the United States was "joining a handful of nations that reject the future".

Johnson told Sky News that Britain still wants the U.S.to take the lead in fighting climate change and called on individual US states to keep making progress on that front. In signing the Paris climate agreement, the United States, the second-largest polluter on the planet, committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent in a decade.

In a statement, he called on local governments at the state and city levels to stay with the deal.

The decision amounts to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure Trump to remain a part of the agreement. It wouldn't be wrong to say that climate change was "made in America".

"Since day one, the Paris Climate agreement has been unattainable for New Mexico and our nation".

But McKenna says the agreement remains a "good deal" for Canada and for the rest of the world.

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore".

He said they would continue to lead the process, and said he was sure the United States government would eventually rejoin the struggle.

Meanwhile, 61 mayors from across the USA - including Mayor Bill de Blasio - announced a pledge to adopt and uphold the Paris accord goals.

RAND PAUL: Well first you wouldn't lose 6 million American jobs.

The Paris agreement - signed by every country except Syria and Nicaragua - was forged in December of 2015 and finalized previous year.

The Paris Climate Agreement is the largest multilateral cooperative agreement ever reached to address the challenge of global climate change, signed by almost every country in the world.

  • Carolyn Briggs