How Bad Could Trump's Paris Agreement Withdrawal Be? A Scientist's Perspective

Olive Rios
June 3, 2017

Also asked about the President's views on climate change, White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded: "I have not had an opportunity to have that discussion".

It will take several years before the world "will have a proper understanding of what the implications are" of the USA withdrawal, Terblanche said. We will never waver, because we know that future generations depend on us.

His state is joining ranks with Washington and NY in what is being called the United States Climate Alliance (USCA).

He said the USA would "cease all implementation" of the accord, under which his predecessor Barack Obama had voluntarily agreed to reduce emissions by about 1.45 billion tonnes by 2025.

"They weren't doing enough and America was carrying the load, so I think by negotiating a better deal, hopefully we can get a better result for our country and the world". "If we can't, that's fine".

SEE MORE: How Did The G7 Meetings Go? Calculations suggest withdrawal could result in emissions of up to 2.7 billion tonnes of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

On Thursday, he was the most vocal of European leaders in criticising Trump's decision and in vowing to defend the Paris agreement.

China's pivot toward climate-change mitigation was economically pragmatic, observers say.

He echoed Trump's attack on members of the agreement as having economic rather than environmental motives.

Nonetheless, Liberal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna also found Trump's resolve to extricate the US from the accord "deeply disappointing" and even suggested that the president will be missing out from the "inevitable" increase in green energy jobs that climate change proponents believe will soon be mushrooming around the world.

In an exceptional step, continental Europe's three biggest economies -Germany, France and Italy - issued a joint statement criticising the move.

A survey of some of the nine serious candidates who hope to succeed the Atlanta mayor also said Trump's decision could have grave consequences, but said they would continue to fight to improve the city's and the world's climate if elected. Trump peddled dozens of wildly disproved falsehoods in justifying exiting the agreement, which prompted swift backlash from the global community; diplomats; Trump's own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson; and major usa companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Intel.

Trump's perspective on the climate crisis, while he withdraws the United States from a landmark worldwide agreement on climate change, is apparently seen as a distraction. Additionally, 83 mayors have signed the Climate Mayors Agreement, similarly with the goal of independently reducing carbon emissions. Support also poured in from the USA corporate world.

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russia (through interpreter): Rather than make noise over it, we need to create conditions for mutual work, because if countries that are big emitters, like the United States, will not take part at all, it will be impossible to negotiate and sign any kind of agreement.

Here's a roundup of what of Trump administration officials said.

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