Quitting Paris pact, Trump abdicates leadership of the free world

Quitting Paris pact, Trump abdicates leadership of the free world

Following Donald Trump's highly controversial decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, world leaders, CEOs, and other prominent figures have slammed the president.

"If we don't do anything, we might shoot over 5 degrees or more, and that would be catastrophic", said John Reilly, the codirector of the program, adding that MIT's scientists had no contact with the White House and were not offered a chance to explain their work.

Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign up to the deal.

In France, the presidential palace said Macron had phoned Trump to say that "nothing was negotiable" in the Paris agreement.

"Your decision today to exit the Paris Accord reflects your unflinching commitment to put America First". They ranged from leaders of Boston to Atlanta, Milwaukee to Minneapolis, New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, and Sacramento, California, to Los Angeles.

"We are getting out", Mr. Trump said Thursday, as reported by the New York Times.

Worldwide leaders including the pope had pressed Trump not to follow through on an election campaign promise to abandon the accord, and they lamented his decision. "The commitments made in Paris are vital to stop the world reaching the point of no return on climate change, and there can be no question of watering them down".

"We must also aim to collaborate with other nations in drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions", added Jayapal.

The countries that remain committed to the 195-nation Paris agreement have little incentive to give a better deal to the United States, the world's second-biggest polluter.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, said he'll issue an executive order Friday saying the city will meet its carbon-reduction goals for 2023 and 2030.

However they hope the fight against climate change will continue without American leadership.

See more reactions from world leaders to the US withdrawal from the Paris accord here.

A statement issued by the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said the deal can not be renegotiated, they remain committed to the "irreversible" accord and regard it as "a cornerstone in the co-operation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change".

In the auto industry, Ford said it would continue to reduce emissions at its plants and from its vehicles, saying: "We believe climate change is real".

"The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement".

Merkel, one of the strongest advocates of the global pact to curb emissions of gases that speedclimate change, said there was no turning back from the path that began with the 1997 Kyotoclimate protocol and led to 2015's Paris deal.

USA businesses, cities and states were also critical of Trump's decision, with several vowing to take action into their own hands to meet commitments under the Paris agreement. However, she expressed disappointment at the USA decision to pull out from the agreement in a phone call with Trump.

Former US President Barack Obama said that Trump and his government were "rejecting the future".

There have been similar reactions from other Pacific leaders. Most of the negative impact from this decision will be on the U.S. itself and not so much on global climate action, which should keep its momentum regardless.

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