President Trump's Campaign Announces a 'Pittsburgh, Not Paris' Rally in DC

Environmental campaigners protested Friday against President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, while nations around the world pledged to double down on their efforts to curb global warming in response to the US move.

Trump has called climate change a "hoax" created by the Chinese to make the United States less economically competitive, and has said that he is "not a big believer in man-made climate change".

Spicer followed up when he took the podium: "I have not had the opportunity to have that discussion", he said, asked about Trump's beliefs on the science behind climate change.

Americans believe climate change has already begun.

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

Later, Pruitt said there were "climate exaggerators" in the media and politics who were hindering the discussions over the issue of whether global warming is an "existential threat".

Putin, speaking at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, avoided criticizing Trump and noted the Paris accord offers broad maneuvering room for each signatory nation. Nicaragua and Syria were the only notable countries who were not signatories to the deal.

"A rogue United States can cause more damage inside. than outside of the agreement", said Luke Kemp, a climate policy lecturer at the Australian National University.

The U.S., under former president Barack Obama, announced jointly with China in 2016 it would push forward with the agreement's targets.

In Paris, where the agreement was reached after painstaking negotiations, President Emmanuel Macron encouraged an American brain drain, inviting USA climate scientists to move to France instead. "We have reduced our CO2 footprint to levels of the early 1990s; in fact from 2000 to 2014 we reduced our carbon footprint by up over 18 per cent".

The first time, Pruitt was asked for a simple yes or no answer on whether Trump thinks climate change is real.

Canada has said its participation in the deal is ironclad.

Environmental activists in Bosnia, one of the poorest European countries, said they were anxious the Trump's move would empower global polluters.

The pact was "very unfair" to the United States and beneficial to other major polluters like China and India, the president claimed. Top White House aide Kellyanne Conway has refused to answer the question as well, as has the director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn.

EPA head Scott Pruitt dodges, refuses to say if Trump believes human activity contributes to climate change. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world". What is striking about the reaction to the Trump decision is how many business leaders are talking about the economic opportunity that global climate action brings, opportunities that U.S. could well miss out on.

She shrugged off Trump's remark that he was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris.

But what do Americans think is causing climate change, and what do they think should be done about it?

"It gives the US the ability to participate in future climate discussions to safeguard its economic and environmental best interests", ConocoPhillips spokesperson Daren Beaudo said in an email to Bloomberg.

Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, but the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement that the agreement cannot be renegotiated.

  • Zachary Reyes