Before President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday, he said he'd like to share an update on the country's "tremendous economic progress since Election Day on November 8".
In Trump's speech announcing the planned withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, the president said: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". He also repeated his refrain that questions about President Trump's personal views on climate change are beside the point. When pressed about Trump's beliefs, advisors Gary Cohn and Kellyanne Conway told journalists to "ask him".
The latest polling suggests in withdrawing from global action on climate change, the president is out of sync with the thinking in his own country. In the past, Trump has called climate change a hoax despite most of the world having acknowledged it for more than a decade.
At the time the agreement was signed, "We were reducing our Carbon dioxide print substantially", he said.
The United States under this accord had pledged to cut greenhouse emissions 26 to 28 per cent by 2025 and agreed to pay 3 billion dollar in aid for other poor and developing countries by 2020. "Trump's decision to ditch the Paris deal will leave a fairly big shoe for a single country to fill", state-run Xinhua said in a commentary.
However, Mrs May came under fire for not adding her name to a joint statement issued by the leaders of France, Germany and Italy to say that the Paris climate accord can not be renegotiated as President Trump has demanded.
Kerry had signed the climate agreement in 2016, though it was never ratified in the Senate.
Either way, this really resonated with some people and groups including the Heritage Foundation, which maintains that the economic impact of "regulations associated with the Paris agreement" are "severe". "Through the Paris agreement, the USA -the world's second largest carbon emitter-joined with all but two countries to commit to policies to prevent and mitigate the impact of global warming on human health".
"What's important here is, what the president did on Thursday is put America first", he said. "You speak for the president, you're the EPA administrator".