Trump says pulling out of Paris climate accord best for US

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called Trump's decision "absolutely shocking" and said May not being part of the G7 letter showed her as subservient to the US President.

In a statement the White House said in addition to Trudeau, Trump also spoke with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain on Thursday.

Opponents of the pullout - said to include Trump's daughter Ivanka - had warned that Washington's global leadership role was at stake, along with the environment.

Trump's announcement sent the issue of climate change - and May's attempts to bolster the trans-Atlantic "special relationship" with the United States - to the top of the agenda Friday in campaigning for Britain's June 8 election.

President Trump has repeatedly called climate change a hoax.

In Durham, Mayor Bill Bell several years ago signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors' climate-protection agreement. However, the Russian leader also said any such deal must include the US, echoing a Kremlin aide who said the deal is "unworkable" without USA participation.

"The United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country."

Earlier in the day, the governor said, "The White House's reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet".

"I think it's a great shame, because decisions that have been taken should not be changed", Belousov said.

"You say you haven't discussed climate change with the president", one reporter asked. "On behalf of the people of New York City, and alongside mayors across the country, I am committing to honor the goals of the Paris agreement with an Executive Order in the coming days, so our city can remain a home for generations to come".

"We believe that abiding by the accord, without significant changes, would have substantially impacted the United States economy, increased electricity costs and required the power sector to rely on less diverse and more intermittent energy", it said.

"It made sense he did it from the Rose Garden while we still have roses and gardens", Kimmel said. "I deeply disagree with the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and, as a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's advisory council". "We see no risks".

During his announcement, Trump said that the decision was taken as the agreement is "draconian" and "economically burdens" the US.

Many climate activists have previously criticized the Paris agreement for not going far enough to curb rising temperatures.

French President Emmanuel Macron was damning, saying in a late-night TV address that the U.S. had "turned its back on the world".

Peabody Energy, the US's largest publicly traded coal company, also praised the decision, claiming the current agreement could have damaged the U.S. economy.

  • Zachary Reyes