President Trump's Paris climate decision comes Thursday, with the world watching

  • President Trump's Paris climate decision comes Thursday, with the world watching

President Trump's Paris climate decision comes Thursday, with the world watching

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would continue to press the reduce unsafe emissions even if Trump pulls out. "We have made very clear that we are not moving away from our positions", Merkel said. Foreign leaders, business executives and Trump's own daughter lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal, but ultimately lost out to conservatives who claim the plan is bad for the United States.

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by about 1.6 billion tons by 2025.

Before taking office, Trump repeatedly dismissed climate change as a hoax and suggested that Obama-era climate regulations put the a competitive disadvantage. DiCaprio said, "Today our planet suffered" and stressed the importance of action, while Handler joked, "I'm guessing that Donald Trump doesn't see the irony in making his announcement to leave the Paris Agreement while standing in a garden".

"Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again", Macron added.

The three leaders say they regard the accord as "a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change".

Trump's announcement fulfills one of his top campaign pledges.

American corporate leaders have also appealed to the businessman-turned-president to stay in the pact. Rather than quitting Paris, Trump could "adjust" the Obama administration emissions target downward, Stern wrote last month in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

"Only conservative Republicans are split, with marginally more saying the USA should participate (40%) than saying we should not participate (34%)".

"It was designed from beginning to end to satisfy Trump's base and no one else", said Michael Oppenheimer, a climate scientist at Princeton University.

Any delay in US efforts to halt greenhouse gas emissions could cost the country and the world in the long term, scientists say.

A person familiar with Trump's thinking said the President was convinced he needed to withdraw from the pact, and there was little chance of talking his out of it.

The Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel also weighed in: "I condemn this brutal act against #ParisAccord@realDonaldTrump Leadership means fighting climate change together". But climate activists are wrong to suggest that a USA pullout from the Paris agreement will kill efforts to protect the planet; it won't.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address that "the USA has turned its back on the world", and called on American climate researchers and engineers to come and work in France.

As for the mechanics of withdrawal, worldwide treaties have a four-year cooling off period from the time they go into effect.

However, Mr Trump said America would stop adhering to the emissions reductions standards immediately.

While travelling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

The the world's second largest emitter of carbon, following only China. 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.

President Trump has repeatedly called the Paris accord a "bad deal" for the USA and said it will hurt the economy.

So was opposition from environmental groups, as expected.

The US President Donald Trump on Friday announced that the US is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement due to the "draconian financial and economic burdens" the agreement imposes.