Trump shares positive feedback on Paris climate accord withdrawal

In a Facebook post about Saturday's event, organizers said the rally was designed "to show our support for President Trump's withdrawal from the crippling Paris Accord and demonstrate that we the people support his fearless stand against globalist coercion".

Nonetheless, Liberal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna also found Trump's resolve to extricate the USA from the accord "deeply disappointing" and even suggested that the president will be missing out from the "inevitable" increase in green energy jobs that climate change proponents believe will soon be mushrooming around the world.

On Thursday, Trump announced in the Rose Garden at the White House that the USA would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, which is geared at combating climate change.

And Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, said nations, states and cities around the world remained committed to fighting climate change.

China, the European Union and India, which along with the USA make up the four biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, restated their commitment to the accord.

Lori Robertson, managing editor of FactCheck.org which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Centre, said there was nothing in the Paris agreement that stipulates which countries can and cannot build coal plants.

"If the USA drops out of the climate agreement... for European trade policy, this means that American production sites don't need to abide by the climate goals", Germany's center-left chancellor candidate said on Thursday, speaking at the WDR Europa Forum in Berlin. "We will support them and fight on their side". "Climate change is a reality", said Anthony Brancatelli, a Cleveland councillor who worked to draft the resolution.

The United States - the world's second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China - pledged in the Paris climate deal to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming by 26 percent in a 20-year period by 2025.

If the U.S. completes the withdrawal process from the climate deal, it will join Nicaragua and Syria - the only other countries who have not signed the agreement.

What are they saying in America?

Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger said they would leave White House advisory councils after Trump's move.

A number of nations have vowed to continue their efforts to keep the Paris climate agreement on track, saying the trend toward low carbon development is irreversible for all to achieve healthy growth, after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact on Thursday.

However, Republican congressional leaders and the USA coal industry backed the move, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supporting Mr Trump "for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama administration's assault on domestic energy production and jobs".

What was agreed in Paris? Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign up.

United States think tank Climate Interactive predicts that if all nations fully achieve their Paris pledges, the average global surface temperature rise by 2100 will be 3.3°, or 3.6° without the US.

  • Zachary Reyes