China's media calls Trump's withdrawal from Paris accord 'global setback'

Posted June 02, 2017

He released the statement as President Donald Trump was speaking at the White House Rose Garden. The U.S. only sources about 13 percent of its electricity from renewables. Almost 200 countries joined the landmark deal forged under Trump's predecessor.

The most bewildering part of President Donald Trump's speech on Thursday - and there were plenty of bewildering moments - was when, in a nationalistic fervor, he chose to blame the Midwest for his ridiculous decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. Even a direct appeal from the Vatican wasn't enough to persuade the president.

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.

On Thursday, 25 major companies took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times with a letter addressed to Trump.

Asked about Musk's resignation, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox News that "anybody who read the agreement and understood it would realize that this was not really about climate, this was about United States money going to other countries and it didn't solve the climate problem".

"China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", said Li, speaking in Berlin Wednesday. That would be a "heavy lift" he said, but "I am going to discuss that with the highest officials in China this week".

Hours after Trump's announcement, Robert Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney Co., tweeted that he had resigned from the president's advisory council "as a matter of principle" over the withdrawal from the Paris accord. In Moscow, the press secretary for the Russian president confirmed that the country would also support it, but added that it would be hard to implement the deal if major companies didn't take part in the agreement, news agency Interfax reported.

In an exceptional step, continental Europe's three biggest economies - Germany, France and Italy - issued a joint statement to criticise Trump's move and slap away his offer of renegotiating the deal.

Inslee said the "full responsibility" of battling climate change in the U.S.is now up to states and cities.

A Republican familiar with Trump's decision-making said the expected announcement could include some attempts to satisfy his daughter's point of view, but didn't specify what that might include.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said: "We are the climate movement".

Pittsburgh's mayor, Democrat Bill Peduto, shot back on Twitter that his city, long the heart of the United States steel industry, actually embraced the Paris accord.

American cities have already spent billions of dollars on climate action and have committed themselves to environmental goals that go beyond the Paris agreement commitments. Sadly, President Trump appears to be falling for 20th century economic thinking, when more efficient, cleaner 21st century opportunities are there for the taking.

Trudeau added that even though Trump's US will not be a part of this Paris Agreement, Canada will still move forward with their "growing momentum" to fight climate change.

The United States had committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

"I don't think it is in Australia's strategic interests to see the U.S. weakened vis-à-vis Russian Federation and China". Apple, Starbucks, Gap, Nike, Adidas, L'Oreal and Monsanto all voiced their support for the Paris deal.

"We're disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement". The pullout will align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the accord.

After Trump said he would, Graham seemed to look for solace in Trump's call for the U.S. to renegotiate the almost 200-nation deal.

The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan in Washington says the move will be welcomed by many Trump supporters, as for them this is less about science - and more about sending a signal to so-called global elites.

The Eiffel tower is illuminated in green with the words "Paris Agreement is Done", to celebrate the Paris U.N. COP21 Climate Change agreement in Paris, France, November 4, 2016.

Editor's Note: Julie Pace has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2007.