Pruitt: Americans Should Not Apologize for Paris Accord Withdrawal

Pruitt: Americans Should Not Apologize for Paris Accord Withdrawal

While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favourable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, "since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics".

The agreement's signatories aim to keep global warming below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) of preindustrial levels this century, with the more ambitious goal of keeping that warming to below 2.7 degrees F (1.5 degrees C).

"The White House's reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet".

"China will be enjoying the space left by the United States".

The mechanics of the USA exit are complicated.

Theresa May has insisted the United Kingdom is committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change as she faced criticism over her response to U.S. withdrawal from the deal.

USA taxpayers aren't the only ones pitching in to a global fund to help poor countries cope with rising seas and fight climate change.

Former President Barack Obama, whose administration played a key role in negotiating the deal, accused Trump of "rejecting the future" by pulling out of the Paris climate deal.

But Britain did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, who said they regretted Trump's decision and insisted that the accord can not be renegotiated. Who will be replacing the vacuum in the leadership over development of technological innovation? "We're all on this planet together and we need to work together".

"For the exclusive benefits of other countries, leaving American workers, who I love, and tax payers to observe the cost in terms of job loss, low wages, shattered factories and vastly diminished economic production".

"I reaffirm clearly that the Paris Agreement remains irreversible and will be implemented not just by France but by all the other nations", Mr Macron vowed. The BBC notes that coal is still unlikely to make a comeback, and American emissions will probably still fall.

Trump's move could still give some countries the political cover to scale back their efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, says Niklas Höhne, a founding partner at the NewClimate Institute in Cologne, Germany.

The governors of three states, California, Washington and NY, on Thursday announced the creation of an alliance aimed at connecting states "committed to taking aggressive action on climate change".

In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that the USA withdrawal won't prevent the rest of the world from pressing ahead with efforts to curb global warming.

He stressed all European Union nations are sticking together to make the deal work and expressed his doubts that any country around the world would follow Trump's lead.

China said it was a responsible country that had been working hard on tackling climate change.

He added that China, Russia and India had confirmed their commitment to it.

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