Bloomberg says USA does not need Washington to fulfil Paris agreement

A comment that Donald Trump made yesterday in the White House Rose Garden when he announced the United States would pull out of the global Paris climate agreement was not based in science.

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will exit the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Former President Barack Obama expressed regret over Trump's decision and told the New York Times: "The nations that remain in the Paris agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created".

Trump has pledged to renegotiate the agreement or develop another plan that will address environmental issues. Here are four perspectives.

President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement has made the USA a "rogue state", the United Nations' former envoy on climate change warns.

Trump's announcement sent the issue of climate change - and May's attempts to bolster the trans-Atlantic "special relationship" with the US - to the top of the agenda Friday in campaigning for Britain's June 8 election. "Climate change does not respect worldwide borders, it imperils us all", Branson wrote. "The Paris agreement is a bad deal for the American people".

We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders and businesses are joining forces for the first time to declare, that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.

The backlash isn't just a black mark for the president to deal with - scientists say the move will take a major toll on all of us.

(In case you're wondering where Australians stand on the Paris agreement, some new research by the Climate institute suggests that a large majority of Australians - 87 per cent - support the agreement and do not want Australia to step back from its commitments).

"The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries", Trump said.

The US withdrawal from the Paris climate pact could "in a worst case scenario" add a 0.3 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures over the 21st century, the United Nations said today.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced criticism for not signing up a joint declaration by Germany, France and Italy in opposition to the usa move.

Plank drew widespread criticism in February for praising Trump's pro-business approach to the presidency and the company subsequently issued several clarifying statements, but Plank made his opposition to Trump's climate change ideas clear.

  • Zachary Reyes