Trump's Speech On Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal, Annotated

Elias Hubbard
June 2, 2017

He also said, "Our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of American workers' sovereignty".

"We need to be at the mayor's house, not at the science museum", said Michael Clarkson, 69.

"We're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and see if we can make a deal that's fair", he said. And if we can, that's great. "If we can not, that is fine".

The US was one of 195 nations that agreed to the accord in Paris in December 2015, a deal that former president Barack Obama was instrumental in brokering. "For example, under the agreement, China will be able to increase emissions by a staggering number of years - 13". They can do whatever they want for 13 years.

The accord commits countries to holding global temperature rises to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels, which will require emissions to be cut to net zero by the second half of the century. "I don't believe fighting reality is a good strategy-not for America, not for anybody. And we can't say that today", he said.

General Motors Co said Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra would remain on the presidential advisory panel, adding that her participation "provides GM a seat at an important table to contribute to a constructive dialogue about key policy issues". The other two are Syria and Nicaragua. "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", read the statement. "But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way".

"I think the president's legal team felt very strongly that it was best, that the cleanest way to address it was to just get out", a senior administration official told reporters. "Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all", he said. Jerry Brown said, blasting the decision as "deviant behavior from the highest office in the land".

Trump announced during a speech at the White House Rose Garden that he had made a decision to pull out of the landmark climate deal, in part because it would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti announced Thursday afternoon that he was proud to continue to adopt goals of the Paris Agreement with 60 fellow mayors, who are committed to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA).

The Prime Minister of Belgium called it a "brutal act".

"Climate change is real". His Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, also expressed his disappointment.

Scientists have warned failure to curb unsafe climate change will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and heatwaves as well as massive loss of wildlife and reduction in crop yields, potentially sparking conflict and mass migration.

"It is morally wrong and monumentally stupid", said Peters, who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Scientists said it would be nearly impossible to achieve the goal of curbing global warming.

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