Reaction to Trump's move on environment
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 0:15
"We also hear that our actions and leading role are applauded by the worldwide community", Hua told reporters.
The withdrawal would take effect only a year later - on November 4, 2020 - the day after America's next presidential election - potentially leaving a very small window for intervention if there is a new leader friendly to the Paris Agreement. The country says it will stick by its commitment to the Paris Agreement, despite the United States' latest move.
The US will now join only two other nations on the planet - Syria and Nicaragua - which are not part of the Paris climate agreement.
Trump's decision fulfills a campaign promise, but it dampens worldwide efforts to slow global warming.
Delivering the announcement in the Rose Garden, he made the much anticipated statement.
President Trump did say he plans to "renegotiate" or create an 'entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States.' But other global leaders involved in the Paris Accord reacted by saying it wasn't up for negotiation.
The UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim joined other experts and analysts as saying that the U.S. withdrawal will put India and China in leadership positions in the global fight to combat climate change. "Plus all of the states, plus 130 cities that are completely convinced of the benefit to their economy of doing climate action".
Germany, France and Italy issued a joint statement, in which the three countries underlined that a renegotiation of the agreement was not possible.