State Department won't say if Tillerson attended Trump climate speech

"He has received awards as a businessman, in that regard".

"The cost to the economy at this time (by 2040) would be close to 3 trillion U.S. dollars in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs", said Trump, citing figures from a disputed study commissioned by the American Council for Capital Formation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, both known for lobbying against climate regulations.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt gave his own view on the subject, saying he believes human activity plays a role in global warming, but measuring that contribution with precision is hard. Pruitt said his recent focus was on the Paris climate agreement.

Trump has repeatedly described climate change as a hoax, on one occasion in 2012 saying it was a concept "created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive". "Together", the statement reads in part, "we will remain actively engaged with the worldwide community as part of the global effort to hold warming to under 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health".

Turning the tables, supporters of the move will gather at the rally to "demonstrate our support for President Trump and his fearless leadership", according to the event invitation. In October 2015, when Trump was the front-runner for the GOP nomination, he tweeted: "It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal".

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

During his election campaign, Mr Trump had said that climate change was a hoax and, since his announcement on Thursday, has avoided questions on the subject, as has White House press secretary Sean Spicer. At Friday's press briefing, four different reporters asked Pruitt four variations on this basic question from ABC's Mary Bruce: "Yes or no, does the president believe that climate change is real and a threat to the United States?".

"I can't say. I haven't asked him".

"That's the message mayors, governors, and business leaders all across the USA have been sending". All three times she was unable to provide an answer.

Trump's move was "a big mistake", Donald Tusk, one of the European Union's top officials, said.

Making the announcement at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, Trump, who once said global warming is a hoax perpetrated by Beijing, singled out India and China as he listed the reasons for withdrawing from the climate change accord.

Trump announced America is "getting out" of a deal he said imposed "draconian" burdens that would cost the United States millions of jobs and billions in cold hard cash. "We will be environmentally friendly but we're not going to put our businesses out of work, we're not going to lose our jobs".

A small group of skeptics, some of them in the White House, believe the Paris pact threatened business.

Hours later German Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned reporters for an impromptu statement in which she called Trump's decision "extremely regrettable, and that's putting it very mildly".

However, for a country that prides itself on technological innovation, the United States could end up being one of the biggest losers.

Gov. Bill Walker released a statement highlighting the effects of climate change across the state, but he stopped short of criticizing President Trump's decision.

"I think a lot of people appreciate his outspokenness".

"President Trump is providing more motivation and inspiration for additional innovation and technology than any president I've seen in my adult life", Keane said.

  • Zachary Reyes