US President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will no longer participate in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the landmark United Nations treaty that many of us worked so hard to achieve.
While the Kochs were initially cool to Trump as a candidate, his decision on the Paris accord will surely help cement their support and financial largess for years to come and in 2020, if Donald Trump survives and seeks re-election. His decision is a blow to so many people - including a great many Americans - who have worked hard to be a successful part of the new economy.
Trump claims that he will try to renegotiate the deal reached in Paris, or craft a new one.
It is a shame that Trump has made a decision to shirk America's global responsibility and turn his back on these developments. He has previously called that science "B.S".
Invoking his "America First"' maxim, which brought him votes from millions of white middle-class Americans a year ago, President Trump said, though the USA was $20 trillion in debt, "under the Paris Accord, billions of dollars that should be invested here, will go to countries that have taken our jobs".
"China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", said Li, speaking in Berlin Wednesday.
By turning his back on the Paris agreement, he is increasing Americans' exposure to the devastating effects of climate change - many of which they are already experiencing.
"At what point do they stop laughing at us as a country?" he said.
Trump added, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".
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In a statement he said nations that stay in the Paris agreement get "benefits in jobs and industries created".
"They will find in France a second homeland", he said. The US's largest oil companies have declared their support for Paris.
Trump announced Thursday that he was withdrawing from the pact, which was inked under President Obama.
In the run-up to Thursday's announcement, some executives used their positions to try to pressure Trump. California, New York and Washington together account for about 10 percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, Brown's office said. The rest of the world will be sad to see an America that has been left behind, owing to Trump's decision. By leaving open the possibility of re-entering the agreement, he ended up on the more moderate end of the range of options the White house had been exploring.
Trump had said he's been lobbied heavily by both sides on the climate agreement. But leaders from around the world have already hailed the agreement as a breakthrough for the fight against climate change, a victory for worldwide cooperation, and a boon to the global economy.
Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said abandoning the commitments we made in the Paris Climate Agreement is a massive self-inflicted wound to the environment, America's global influence, and its economy. After anonymous White House officials signaled for days that Trump would withdraw from the trade agreement, the leaders of Canada and Mexico ultimately persuaded him to renegotiate.
Yet Trump resisted tremendous global pressure from allies on the Paris accord.
In a separate meeting with Pope Francis last week, the pontiff presented Trump with a gift - a copy of his two-year-old encyclical on climate change known as Laudato Si. The reality is quite the opposite, as former President Obama noted in his biting remarks about his successor's decision. At some point, this global response to Trump may require other countries to even consider compensating for the additional carbon emissions that the USA may release.
Writing on The Spinoff, Prof Renwick said he hoped next week's visit from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would include a clear message from NZ leaders that the abandonment of the agreement was a "grave failure of US leadership on the global stage". Iger has aligned with the president on some issues, but clashed on others.