President Donald Trump faced a chorus of global disapproval Friday in the wake of his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, with allies and rivals uniting to accuse him of failing future generations.
The U.S. mayors are joined by dozens of worldwide mayors who have made their own commitments to the climate agreement meant to limit the rise of global average temperatures to 2.0 degrees Celsius.
"As of today, the USA will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord, and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country", he said in an address in the White House Rose Garden.
"We note the United States' decision with regret", they said, describing the carbon-curbing accord as "a vital tool for our planet, our societies and our economies". "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk said Thursday on Twitter, shortly after the president announced from the Rose Garden that he would begin the process of leaving the accord.
And he criticised Ms May's decision not to add her name to a statement defending the Paris Agreement by the leaders of France, Germany and Italy.
The pact was "very unfair" to the United States and beneficial to other major polluters like China and India, the president claimed.
Though safety operator Lora Dilley is not certain what the impact of Trump's decision will be, she's unhappy with how this makes her industry - and Americans - look. The road will be rocky, but there is no turning back. And even with the environmental regulations passed under President Barack Obama, the USA was unlikely to meet its original commitment - to reduce carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels.
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The joint statement, the first between the China and the European Union, commits them to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries cut their emissions. "The retreat of the USA actually gives China more opportunity to lead these global efforts". It demonstrates the U.S.is willing to back away from a coalition it assembled just 18 months ago.
A senior administration official defended Trump's use of the findings.
Bloomberg believes that "non-state actors" will be able to achieve the United States' 2025 emissions reduction target without the federal government's support.
Mr Corbyn said the United States withdrawal from Paris was "reckless and dangerous". Australian energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg:"We reiterate our full commitment to the Paris Accord". James Inhofe, who has denied climate change is real, told WBUR's Here & Now. He was also an adviser on the president's manufacturing jobs initiative, and has met with Trump to talk about infrastructure spending.
Vice President Mike Pence praised President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, telling Fox News' "Hannity" Thursday that the president was "fighting for American jobs".
The Paris Agreement entered into force in the General Assembly hall last November, just days before the US presidential election.
Trump's "America First" mantra, underscored by his condemnation of both Bush's wars and Obama's diplomacy, has signaled a new strain of isolationism.
Global retailer Walmart - owner of Asda - said it remained committed to a project to reduce emissions in its supply chain which was "outside politics".