Putin on Paris deal: 'Don't worry, be happy'

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

In his first reaction after US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he would stick to the accord as it concerns future generations. They both appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends".

"I absolutely disagree with the administration on this issue, but we have a responsibility to engage our elected officials to work constructively and advocate for policies that improve people's lives and protect our environment", Dimon said in a statement.

Buildings in the United States and in other countries lit up bright green on Thursday night.

The World Meteorological Organization estimated that USA withdrawal from the emissions-cutting accord could add 0.3 degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in a worst-case scenario.

The leader of the country to next hold the rotating presidency of the European Union called Trump's decision "very bad, very negative".

A number of figures from USA industry expressed their dismay at Trump's move.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a statement at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017, on the United States withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories". During Trump's speech, the faint sounds of protesters could be heard in the distance banging drums.

Johnson told Sky News that Britain still wants the U.S.to take the lead in fighting climate change and called on individual USA states to keep making progress on that front. "We have to make sure that we must leave behind a lovely, bountiful nature for our future generations so that they can live peacefully, they can breathe fresh air and live a good life".

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called on Trump to reverse what she called a dramatic decision, adding: "If we want to avoid the most devastating effects of the climate crisis, the next four years are crucial".

Congressional Republicans applauded the decision, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky saying Trump had "put families and jobs ahead of left-wing ideology and should be commended".

Tapping into the "America First" message he used on the election trail, Trump announced the withdrawal on Thursday, saying that participating would undermine the USA economy, wipe out U.S.jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to others.

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California called it "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

"Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk said in a Twitter post on Thursday. A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

But the commitment from mayors isn't the only way cities are showing solidarity with the Paris accord.

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