Trump Withdraws from Climate Pact, World Leaders Push Back

"The Accord", the document went on to say, "was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation".

That post includes a video link to an impassioned speech that Guterres gave on Tuesday, when he called on the world to intensify action to combat climate change.

And Sweden's Climate Minister Isabella Lovin says "it would be deeply regrettable" if the United States decides to pull out of a landmark global climate agreement, adding "it is also contrary to what we expect from the USA leadership when humanity faces major challenges".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described the Paris climate deal as an "essential" pact and said she was pleased that many other governments took the same view. The United States would join Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the landmark 195-nation accord agreed upon in Paris in 2015. "This put the United States of America to a very very big economic disadvantage", he said, adding that as a result of the deal, the U.S. would not be able to compete with other countries in the world.

Skoog says a withdrawal would damage US "ambitions in other multilateral negotiations and their work in the United Nations". But he indicated that was hardly a priority. "If we can, great".

"At the same time, we will continue to resolutely be a protector and promoter of the global climate system process, proactively participating in the multilateral climate change process", Hua said.

President Donald Trump will announce Thursday that the U. Trump promised to stop implementation of the "non-binding" parts of the deal immediately.

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"The U.S. reneging on its commitment to the Paris Agreement renders it a rogue state on the worldwide stage", Robinson said . They said the pair had also agreed on the importance of continued cooperation on wider energy issues.

"Our climate action strategy represents an opportunity to attract investment, innovation and develop new green technologies", he said.

The White House said Trump spoke with the leaders of Germany, France, Canada and Britain on Thursday to explain his decision and reassured them that the U.S.is committed to the trans-Atlantic alliance and "robust efforts to protect the environment".

Tillerson has pushed for Trump to remain in the deal and his department takes lead on climate negotiations.

The Kremlin says Russian Federation is committed to the Paris climate change accords.

EU President Donald Tusk pleaded with Mr Trump on Twitter to not "change the (political) climate for the worse" by withdrawing, while Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support for the accord, saying it would be less effective without the participation of major countries.

Indeed, Trump's supporters cheered the decision, which marked the fulfillment both of his campaign promise to scrap the climate accord and his broader pledge to put American interests above all else.

The decision to withdraw from the climate accord was influenced by a letter from 22 Republican U.S. senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling for an exit, Axios reported.

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The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, referred to it as "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

"A sad and weak decision", tweeted Richard Verma, former US Ambassador to India.

"It's a concept that President Trump is very familiar with from his business life", Furman said during an appearance on the FOX Business Network.

The Paris decision has deeply divided the Administration, with internationalists, such as Tillerson, arguing that it would be beneficial to the United States to remain part of negotiations and worldwide meetings surrounding the agreement, as a matter of leverage and influence. Many economists believe the accord would likely help create about as many jobs in renewable energy as it might cost in polluting industries. But the Alliance of Small Island States says the endangered islands will seek other "genuine and durable partners" if the USA withdraws. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently cancelling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.

But the official said there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final.

As a result of Trump's environmental policies, it has been clear that it would be impossible to honour the Obama Administration's Paris pledge.

Since taking office, however, he has come under pressure from advisers, close allies, corporate CEOs, Democrats and some fellow Republicans to keep the United States in the accord - causing him to rethink and delay his decision.

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The Paris Agreement is an worldwide agreement meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change . The number is based on regulations' "relevance to different industries in the economy".

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