Trump Paris pullout a new hurdle for Tillerson's diplomacy

And in scathing remarks, he said that, during Mr. Trump's visit to Europe last week, leaders there tried to explain the Paris accord to the president in quote "simple sentences" - but that it appeared the president did not understand it.

But if state and local leaders take a different road and adhere to the Paris agreement, there will be clear winners and losers in California.

Germany's environment minister underscored that on Friday, saying "there will be no new deal with the United States" on climate change.

And while leaders around the world are expressing their dismay, China sees this as an opportunity to become a global leader on climate change.

Mr Trump's decision prompted criticism from many U.S. business leaders, including clean tech entrepreneur and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk and Robert Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, who said they had resigned from the president's advisory council over the issue. The European Council's leader called Trump's decision a "big mistake". "We will fight the Trump Administration tooth and nail any time it tries to roll back our progress".

Trump announced during a speech at the White House Rose Garden that he had chose to pull out of the landmark climate deal, in part because it would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

"Now that U.S. President Trump has announced that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, it is expected that the U.S. will expand its oil production even more sharply", said analysts at German bank Commerzbank. Washington's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and the response of the European Union countries prove that the parties are facing the worst ever crisis in relations, Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for Education and Science Vyacheslav Nikonov told reporters on Friday.

The timing of the Paris exit sets up an interesting test of that loyalty: The US would formally leave the Paris deal on November 4, 2020, the day after a potential Trump reelection bid.

Trump faced domestic shock and anger, including from Obama, who said the United States was "joining a handful of nations that reject the future".

There is a certain irony in the world's biggest source of greenhouse gases rounding on the United States for turning its back on a climate change accord, especially when China's promises under that accord are not particularly ambitious - while USA emissions are already falling.

Withdrawal opponents - said to include Trump's daughter Ivanka - had warned that the U.S. global leadership role was at stake, along with the environment. President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced an agreement between their two countries: Over the next decade, the United States would reduce its emissions by at least 26 percent over 2005 levels, and China would slow its own emission growth with the aim of reducing its emissions.

Jerry Brown called Trump's decision "tragic" and "insane", pointing out that his state's economic growth has surged even as it boosts its use of renewable power and ratchets down greenhouse-gas emissions.

"It's a dereliction of both her duty to this country and our duty to our planet".

GOP lawmakers said much of the same in the wake of Trump's move.

"If one country decides to leave a void, I can guarantee someone else will occupy it", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said earlier this week, warning that in abandoning global climate efforts, the United States was bolstering the position of rivals like Russian Federation and China.

"We all care about clean air and water and doing what we can to minimise human impact on the climate - that's why I joined the Climate Solutions Caucus in the House", Rep. Tom Reed of NY told Climate Home in a statement.

Nikonov went on to say that during the election campaign, Trump had stated that "he was not content with the environmental protection legislation which he believed to be too tough, not allowing companies to develop their potential".

The Paris deal was put in place a year ago for countries to work together to combat global warming, but critics of the agreement have argued that it will hamper America's economy.

  • Leroy Wright