Silicon Valley reacts to the United States backing out of Paris Agreement

In Trump's announcement at the White House on Thursday, the president said the U.S. would possibly renegotiate the terms of the agreement at a later time.

Musk tweeted that he believes climate change is real...and leaving the Paris accord is not good for America or the world. "The US decision to leave Paris in no way brings an end to this unstoppable effort".

- "Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk", Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.

The United States is the world's second-largest carbon polluter, following China. "Deeply disappointed by USA decision, despite our efforts at G7".

In an attempt to soften the blow, Trump said he would begin negotiations "to re-enter the Paris accord or an entirely new accord" on terms favorable to Washington. The United States has now joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations absent from the global deal. The Cambridge, Massaschusetts-based research university published a study in April 2016 titled "How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?" showing that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by six-tenths of a degree to 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a coal industry lobby, welcomed the decision - as did Republican leaders in Congress.

"In Berlin, Greenpeace activists projected Trump's silhouette onto the side of the USA embassy along with the words "#TotalLoser, so sad!"

Obama said Trump's decision reflected "the absence of American leadership", but that he was confident that USA cities, states and businesses will fill the void by taking the lead on protecting the climate.

"I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the USA and for our planet".

"The world needs to move together on the climate change issue".

In Paris, the venue for the pact, French President Emmanuel Macron turned Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan on its head, saying in a rare English-language statement that it was time to "make the planet great again".

Bannon and Pruitt frequently showed Trump data and statistics showing what they said would be the deal's negative impact on the economy, the report said.

"In addition to being disappointed, I'm also angry".

Merkel, whose country hosts this year's worldwide climate summit, said Trump's decision was "extremely regrettable and that's putting it very mildly".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his disappointment in a telephone call with Trump.

- Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau called the USA decision "disheartening" and said his country would continue to work with the United States to "discuss this matter of critical importance for all humankind".

"The Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses", British Prime Minister Theresa May told Trump in a telephone conversation.

A day after he announced that the U.S. is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, officials from the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have claimed Trump misunderstood research he cited during his speech to justify his radical decision.

"The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement".

Oxfam France said the decision was "shameful and irresponsible".

  • Zachary Reyes