Trump pulls USA out of Paris climate pact

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Without mentioning the United States specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Trump's decision sets the world's largest economy apart from nearly all other nations on earth, and came in opposition to many large American companies, as well. The announcement was not unexpected, nor was Trump's rationale that the deal was unfair to the US...

Other lawmakers, including U.S. Senator Rand Paul, took to twitter to defend the move.

"We're getting out but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair", he said. The United States, exceeded only by China in greenhouse gas emissions, accounts for more than 15 per cent of the worldwide total. "Totally wrong", said Brown.

While technically, the United States will not be permitted to exit the agreement until November 2020 at the earliest - after the next presidential election - Mr Trump confirmed that the United States will stop abiding by its agreed targets immediately.

More than 170 governments on six continents have since joined the coalition, including the states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Hampshire.

He added that in the last seven years, California has created 2.3 million new jobs, outpacing most of the United States, cut its unemployment rate in half, eliminated a $27 billion budget deficit and has seen its credit rating rise to the highest in more than a decade.

The deal attempts to tackle climate change by pledging to work toward reducing the global average temperature.

There was one line of President Trump's 30-minute speech announcing his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord that may stand out when the histories of the Trump presidency are written.

As he spouted untruths about the impact of withdrawing from the climate agreement on American jobs and prosperity, the president returned to campaign mode, in a repetitive speech which promised to put "America first".

"Even in the absence of American leadership, even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future, I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we've got", Obama said.

"The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration", he said yesterday in a statement. The Paris climate accord decision shows that the Bannon doctrine is back in the driving seat - for now - with Trump seeking to reconnect with his core base of economically-disenfranchised supporters as the full force of the law, and a special counsel investigation, prepares to investigate links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign team.

"Something's not right when Potus is putting our country on a list with bad hombres Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua", congressman Carlos Curbelo, of south Florida, wrote on Twitter. On Capitol Hill, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Miami Republican, said a group of congressional Republicans and Democrats, largely from coastal states, will redouble its efforts to find ways to reduce the risks of climate change.