Donald Trump exits pact-and facts

Olive Rios
June 4, 2017

Peabody Energy, America's biggest coal mining firm, said the Paris agreement would have badly affected the USA economy.

"Americans don't need Washington to meet our Paris commitments, and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way of fulfilling it", Bloomberg said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday (Saturday NZ time).

"I think it slows down this rush toward punitive measures against the United States industrial base and mining industry", Hamilton said. Trump has repeatedly called climate change a hoax and scoffs at the overwhelming body of scientific evidence that shows temperatures are rising.

Jerry Brown said, blasting the decision as "deviant behavior from the highest office in the land". He warned then that he would have "no choice" but to leave the councils if Trump made a decision to withdraw the USA from the accord.

Japan's Foreign Ministry called the USA withdrawal "regrettable", while the country's environment minister in Tokyo said more bluntly: "I'm not just disappointed, but also feel anger".

"It was a stunning abdication of American leadership", she charged. Tillerson and Ivanka both fell in line after Trump's announcement, however, quietly accepting his decision. Trump claims that he will try to renegotiate the agreement to favor American interests, but the accord can not be renegotiated and it's hard to see this decision as anything more than a play toward's Trump diminishing base. Jeremy Symons, associate vice president of climate political affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund, told The Progressive that pulling out of the accord "puts our health at risk, will lose clean energy jobs, and will lead our kids to fend for themselves in a climate-changing world". "Our ranking is getting better", he said.

In the wake of Trump's exit, China, the European Union and other countries around the world have reaffirmed their commitment to the accord, leaving the USA on a diplomatic island with only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (and to be fair to Ortega, his country didn't join because the accords weren't strong enough).

Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry cheered Trump's action.

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanPelosi: Nunes violating recusal in Russian Federation probe Pelosi: Trump endangering his own grandchildren with Paris deal move House to vote next week on bill rolling back Dodd-Frank MORE (R-Wis.) characterized the pact as "a raw deal for America" that "would have driven up the cost of energy, hitting middle-class and low-income Americans the hardest".

But MIT said the statement was misleading. "So irresponsible to future generations of America", she said. "So while it's nice to hear our city's name, there is no substance to the thought of putting us with other cities before Paris".

"And if he doesn't even want to strive to ... be responsible about the planet and its condition, then that's an indictment on him".

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