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'Disconcerting and embarrassing': SLO mayor slams Trump's Paris Agreement withdrawal

05 June 2017

"What we really need to see, if the president wants to re-enter the deal, is that he can change the agreement to recognise the role of all sources of energy, including coal", Sporton said, adding his group had described to administration officials the benefits of remaining in the agreement.

"The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and in many cases lax contributions to our critical military alliance", Trump added.

Trump indicated that wasn't a priority as he explained why he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris accord in the first place.

"To make America great again, you've got to make America strong again", Kelly said. "I think they applauded because they knew it would put this country at a disadvantage".

Still, Bush made the broad and public case for USA leadership in worldwide co-operation, even as his policies in Iraq and Afghanistan frayed some American alliances. Climate change is real.

Trump ignored the question when asked by journalists during an unrelated event with law enforcement officers, although he did joke that Thursday's decision had proven "controversial".

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The leadership Pence seemed to be most impressed with, however, was Trump's. "I would say that there are climate exaggerators". On Friday, a host of US states, cities, and companies vowed to live up to the terms of the deal.

"Our government is committed irrespective of the stand of anyone, anywhere in the world". Pruitt, asked if he himself believed climate change is occurring, said he has indicated that "human activity contributes to it in some manner".

"It is a failed deal to begin with, and even if all of the targets were met by all nations across the globe, it only reduced the temperature by less than two-tenths of one degree, so that is something that the president focused upon with respect to how it impacted us economically and one of the legit environmental objectives that were achieved as a result of Paris".

"For us, our position on the Paris Agreement. we need a framework like that to address the risks of climate change", Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods told reporters on the sidelines of the company's annual general meeting on Wednesday.

Environment chief Erik Solheim says the decision by President Donald Trump to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord "in no way brings an end to this unstoppable effort".

But a number of other business leaders derided it in forceful terms. "And they won't be". At one point he suggested a renegotiation could take place, an idea that was unceremoniously slapped down by partners.

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The Paris accord, reached by almost 200 countries in 2015, was meant to limit global warming to 2 degrees or less by 2100, mainly through country pledges to cut carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The withdrawal process could take up to three years.

The 70-year-old Trump gave his decision a reality TV-style tease, refusing to indicate his preference either way until his announcement. But the U.S. move was an opportunity for India to provide global leadership on the issue, it said.

A dozen large companies including oil major BP, agrochemical giant DuPont and tech heavyweights Google, Intel and Microsoft had urged Trump to stick to the pact.

Trump's announcement comes less than 18 months after the climate pact was adopted, the fruit of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Barack Obama's leadership.

"Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk", wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

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