Arnold Schwarzenegger slams Donald Trump over Paris accord decision

James Marshall
June 3, 2017

He said that participating would undermine the United States economy, wipe out USA jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.

There was a mix of dismay and anger across the world.

The White House has "no understanding of the legal underpinning" of the Paris Agreement, the former head of the United Nations (UN) climate change body has said.

Led by Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron, they branded Trump's decision as misguided and vowed to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the future of the planet.

May's office says she spoke to President Donald Trump after his announcement and "expressed her disappointment with the decision".

"The decision made by US President Trump amounts to turning their backs on the wisdom of humanity. On the other hand, climate action is unstoppable", Guterres told the media in St Petersburg, Russia, where he is participating in the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Though China's stance has changed little, its diplomatic position was enhanced first in Paris, where joint pledges made by Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping helped push the deal over the line, and now by its efforts to keep the Paris agreement in play in the face of us opposition.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced a $1.5 billion investment in renewable energy projects on Friday in response to Trump's rejection of the climate agreement.

"There is no reverse gear to energy transition".

The vast majority of scientists believe that global warming - bringing with it sharp changes in climate patterns - is mainly the result of human activities from agriculture to industry.

The Prime Minister has been criticised by Jeremy Corbyn, who accused her of opting "for silence" and being responsible for a "dereliction of duty". And of course the mayor of Pittsburgh, the city Trump couldn't stop talking about.

Nevertheless, the statement struck an optimistic tone, noting that "the surge of climate commitments and actions by the private sector, NGO's, governments, cities and states, will only serve to strengthen the green building movement and keep pushing us forward".

"Hearing smack-talk from the Frenchman 31 years his junior irritated and bewildered Trump, aides said".

Trump pulls United States out of climate pact: is China set to lead? A U.S. withdrawal had been on the cards, but there was hope among those backing the deal that Trump would change his mind at the eleventh hour. According to the terms of the climate deal, the withdrawal won't become effective until shortly after the 2020 presidential elections.

THE FACTS: This study was paid for by two groups that have long opposed environmental regulation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council for Capital Formation. The US Sierra Club, citing Mr Trump's endorsement of what he regards as clean coal, tweeted: "Clean coal, you can find that next to the unicorns and leprechauns".

"I think he does have some support", Kimmel noted after the video, adding, "I really hope that when the ice caps melt - it ruins every rug at Mar A Lago".

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