In Europe, a top German politician slammed Trump’s decision, mocking him for his brusque brush-aside of a Balkan leader last week at a NATO meeting in Brussels.
“You can withdraw from a climate agreement but not from climate change, Mr.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell (R-Ky.) said in a statement, “I applaud President Trump and his administration for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama Administration’s assault on domestic energy production and jobs.” House Speaker Paul D. I commend President Trump for fulfilling his commitment to the American people and withdrawing from this bad deal.” There was some Republican dissent, however. Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted: “Climate change requires a global approach.
Ryan (R-Wis.) said, “The Paris climate agreement was simply a raw deal for America . I’m disappointed in the President’s decision.” Brady Dennis, Juliet Eilperin and Chris Mooney in Washington, Michael Birnbaum in Brussels and James Mc Auley in Paris contributed to this report.
Withdrawing the United States from the agreement could take years because of the accord’s legal structure and language, but such a move would weaken its goals almost immediately.
The United States is the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter and would otherwise have accounted for 21 percent of the total emissions reductions achieved by the accord through 2030.
Trump argued the Paris accord was so unfavorable to U. interests that other countries were laughing at America. “But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.” The atmosphere in the Rose Garden was celebratory, with a military band performing “Summertime” and other jazz hits as Cabinet members, White House staffers, conservative activists and other Trump supporters took their seats in the garden under a bright sun.
The scene was a reflection of the deep divide within the Trump administration over Paris.President Trump announced Thursday afternoon that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, an extraordinary move that dismayed America’s allies and set back the global effort to address the warming planet.Trump’s decision set off alarms worldwide, drawing swift and sharp condemnation from foreign leaders as well as top environmentalists and corporate titans, who decried the U. exit from the Paris accord as an irresponsible abdication of American leadership in the face of irrefutable scientific evidence.A signature diplomatic achievement for Obama, the Paris accord was celebrated at the time as a universal response to the global warming crisis. “We’re going to have the cleanest air,” Trump said. We’re not going to lose our jobs.” In a gesture to those who had encouraged him to remain in the accord, Trump said he was open to negotiating a new climate deal that, in his assessment, would be more fair to U. “We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,” read the statement from French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.Trump spoke by phone with Merkel and Macron, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May — who led a chorus of world leaders urging Trump to keep the United States in the Paris agreement.Jeff Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric, tweeted: “Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.” Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein issued his first tweet Thursday, saying: “Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.