MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement

At his White House withdrawal announcement, Trump complained that the global agreement, signed by 197 countries during the previous Obama administration, was "unfair" to American workers that imposed "draconian" restrictions on the United States sovereignty and domestic economic activities.

A group of mayors, governors, companies and university presidents are planning to present a plan to the United Nations that would meet the greenhouse-gas emission targets under the Paris climate agreement that President Trump pulled the USA out of on Thursday, according to The New York Times. We will never waver, because we know that future generations depend on us. "Firstly, I was at Paris and was one of the 500 mayors from across the world saying the water's warm and that we're going to do this", he said.

Putin said Russian Federation had agreed to cut its own emissions to 70 percent of what they were in 1990, but had not yet ratified the Paris pact because it was waiting for certain technical but important aspects of how the deal would be implemented to be worked out.

A long-scheduled meeting today between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top European Union officials in Brussels was dominated by Trump's decision.

"Because this is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do, and those that will be betting on the implementation of the Paris Agreement, on the green economy, will be the ones that have a leading role in the economy of the 21st century", he said.

China has emerged as Europe's unlikely partner in this and other areas - underlining Trump's isolation on many issues. He offered to re-enter the agreement if new terms can be reached.

Russian Federation struck a rare negative note.

Downing Street has defended Theresa May not signing up to a joint declaration by Germany, France and Italy in opposition to Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord by stressing that other countries also chose a different path.

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas told The Associated Press that the Paris accord "was, and still is a very important goal to achieve".

"Even with the Trump administration in place, the global trend toward renewable energies is continuing - including in the United States", Höhne says.

Stephanopoulos gave it one last go: "D oes he believe global warming is a hoax?"

German industry associations also criticised Trump's decision, warning that it would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions.

USA payments to the UN Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries cope with the effects of climate change, will stop. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Robert Iger withdrew from the president's advisory council in protest. But the U.S. decision does not yet spell doom for the climate itself.

It's a mistake, too, to see Trump's decision as a turn toward isolationism.

Environmental groups were scathing.

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  • Zachary Reyes