Donald Trump's withdrawal of USA from Paris climate agreement widely panned

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry was highly critical of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement Thursday, saying Trump "has put America last".

"I think the people of Pittsburgh understand that this is a global problem", said Angeli, a 29-year-old digital communications manager. "The U.S. withdrawal means that we have lost a very strong supporter and partner of the Paris Agreement and the main goal of the agreement - to limit the increase in temperature to under two degrees - will be much more hard to achieve".

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During a press conference in the White House Rose Garden Thursday, Trump cited research that suggested the emissions cuts agreed to under the deal would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

"Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing onto to a statement of support that we will submit to the U.N. - and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the United States made in Paris in 2015", Bloomberg said in a statement.

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement voicing "regret" about Trump's move, promising to redouble their efforts to implement the Paris deal and saying it can not be renegotiated. The EU is planning to reinforce existing partner relations and find new allies from among the world's biggest economies as well as countries most vulnerable to climate change to vigorously move forward with implementing the Paris Agreement. The president claimed that meeting the accord's greenhouse gas emission standards would cost the United States close to US$3 trillion in lost gross domestic product and 6.5 million industrial jobs.

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Central to Trump's rationale was his feeling that the United States had been taken advantage of. But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the U.S. and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments.

The targets fixed in the Paris Agreement are there to ensure a safe space for humanity.

The White House, when asked about this, replied: "It's not just MIT".

Condemnations of Trump's decision were immediate and strongly-worded. This transition will in the long run be the only way to deliver successful financial results for companies, strong economies with jobs everywhere and a planet that is liveable for all. But, unlike many other believers, he has faith the world will be just fine.

Republican congressional leaders, however, praised Trump's move.

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