USGBC Condemns US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

There was a mix of dismay and anger across the world.

It's official. President Donald Trump has announced his decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Donald Trump had made an historic error Thursday by abandoning the Paris climate agreement, and urged frustrated USA climate scientists and entrepreneurs to come and work in France.

France's new president is positioning himself as the anti-Trump.

Speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Mr Putin said the 2015 Paris accord was a good document, but that Russian Federation had not yet ratified it because it was waiting for certain technical details to be settled.

The meeting will end with a joint statement pledging full implementation of the Paris deal, committing China and the European Union to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries reduce their high-polluting emissions.

Deon Terblanche of the World Meteorological Organization said the organization hasn't run any new scientific models following Trump's announcement.

"There is no reverse gear to energy transition".

Brussels and Beijing believe in "the full implementation, without nuances, of the Paris climate agreement", Juncker said, and underlined that there can be "no backsliding". "Nike believes that climate change is a serious global threat and that the world will need to radically redesign industrial systems and economies in order to enable a low-carbon growth economy", reads the statement from a Nike spokesperson.

Despite this, a number of figures from USA industry expressed their dismay at Mr Trump's move.

McKenna met with her European and Chinese counterparts last week in Berlin to discuss the matter and the three will co-host a ministerial-level meeting in Canada in September to chart a path forward on climate change policy for major economies.

- Jeff Immelt the CEO of General Electric tweeted to say that businesses must not depend on the government and "must now lead".

Despite Trump's decision, Cook wrote that Apple's commitment to protecting the environment was unchanged. That brought a rebuke from Bill Peduto, the mayor of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, who declared that Trump's decision did not represent his city and vowed that Pittsburgh would stick to Paris accord guidelines, regardless of the official United States government stance. It is fast becoming a world leader in such innovations and is already capturing a substantial share of the global renewables market, estimated to be worth US$6 trillion by 2030. According to the terms of the climate deal, the withdrawal won't become effective until shortly after the 2020 presidential elections.

Not knowable: This study was paid for by two groups that have long opposed environmental regulation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council for Capital Formation.

The World Meteorological Organization said the U.S. withdrawal from the emissions-cutting accord could add 0.3 degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in "a worst-case scenario".

  • Carolyn Briggs