Trump's climate decision puts United States on a lonely path

Elias Hubbard
June 5, 2017

They work to leave behind a clean environment for future generations. "If we can't, that's fine", he said.

The decision drew criticism from environmentalists, foreign officials and collection of US mayors, including Stodola.

"This is religion for the political left, and our supporters are constantly being asked to change their behavior", a top White House official told Axios, who added that "snarky comments" from European leaders also encouraged Trump to withdraw.

The one time Trump mentioned the climate (aside from quoting the Wall Street Journal) he says, "This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States".

In a background briefing with reporters Thursday afternoon, White House advisers repeatedly declined to answer questions about whether Trump thinks climate change is real.

When it was put to him that May has said she expressed disappointment about Trump's decision, Miliband replied: "Disappointment is when your football team loses a match". Trump pulled out of the agreement which former President Barack Obama and a host of other countries signed in 2015.

However, the rest of the signatories pledged to defend the agreement and not to backtrack in the fight against climate change. Bush made a similar argument to the one outlined by Trump Thursday, saying it put the a disadvantage compared with major polluters like China and India.

Led by Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron, they have branded Trump's decision as misguided and vowed to defend an accord they consider crucial to the future of the planet. "Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up - and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us". The White House said the USA will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway.

Still, Bush made the broad and public case for US leadership in global co-operation, even as his policies in Iraq and Afghanistan frayed some American alliances.

However, prior to Mr Trump's announcement, China said it will work with the European Union to uphold the global agreement even if the USA withdrew.

I made clear to President Trump, as did other G7 leaders, last week that we believe in the importance of the Paris agreement and we wanted the United States to remain within it.

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