Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate deal

Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate deal

President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change.

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX has said in recent days he would leave his seats on White House advisory councils if the USA withdraws, and confirmed yesterday afternoon he would. He's said California's economy is proof that combating climate change isn't the economic deadweight Trump suggests.

Mexican ministers said the world had a "moral imperative" to live up to the commitments made in the Paris climate pact, while Brazil's foreign ministry said it was concerned and disappointed by Washington's move.

"The bottom line is that the Paris agreement is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States", Trump said.

Earlier, UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, again appealed to Mr. Trump not to break the commitment - but said the battle against climate change would continue regardless of the U.S stance.

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Trump's announcement and Musk's response came just hours before Hawthorne-based SpaceX was set to launch a supply mission to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge after weeks of building up suspense over his decision.

Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the US government not to abandon global measures against climate change.

"I call on you to remain confident".

"Avoiding a two degree warming was already hard when all of the key countries were rowing together", said Michael Oppenheimer, a climate researcher at Princeton University. - President Donald J Trump.

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"In this regard, it stands ready to engage in dialogue with the United States government regarding the implications of this announcement". "Turning our back on this agreement will be a disaster for America - for our businesses, for our health, and for our national security", he said.

"A lot of people are making a lot of money", he said.

Abandoning the pact would isolate the USA from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations. "The rest of the world can not let the United States drag it down". "We have to get Trump to wake up!"

"America has to be a leader on this issue, so if President Trump is going to abdicate leadership, mayors like myself and [others] throughout the country are going to step in and fill the void" he said. "I think there is a consensus, not only in the environmental community, but elsewhere that the Paris agreement in and of itself will have a negligible impact on climate", the official said.

Criticism of his decision rolled in from blue-chip companies like Facebook, Apple, Ford and Microsoft, while the response from fossil fuel groups with the most to gain from a relaxation of U.S. carbon emissions standards was muted.

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Or take greenhouse gas emissions, where China appears on course to far exceed its 2030 pledge.

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