World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change

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Of the 197 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 195 signed the Paris agreement.

He noted that the Paris agreement is "not prescriptive". No one country can dismantle the Agreement.

USA withdrawing from it is certainly a bad news as the country is the second largest emitter of the greenhouse gases.

Combine this high-profile (if mostly symbolic) decision to leave the Paris agreement with a devastating flood or hurricane that captures the nation's attention right before the 2018 elections, with successful Democratic messaging, and Trump could be setting himself up for a situation he can't back out of.

"Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action".

President Donald Trump listens as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, following Trump's announcement that the USA will withdraw from the Paris climate change accord. The White House said the US will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway.

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, said, "The Paris climate agreement set unworkable targets that put America at a competitive disadvantage with other countries and would have raised energy costs for working families".

Almost 200 nations signed the landmark Paris Agreement during a United Nations climate conference at the end of 2015 with the goal of keeping global warming below two degrees this century.

Supporters of the climate pact are concerned that a USA exit could lead other nations to weaken their commitments or also withdraw, softening an accord that scientists have said is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

Officials in California and New York, including the mayors of Los Angeles and New York City, have already said that their cities will maintain commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.


How will this decision impact other countries?

"The world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership in the fight against climate change".

Trump, in a nationwide broadcast on Thursday, said US would either seek re-negotiation or remain withdrawn from the agreement that went into effect on November 4, 2016.

"The Paris Agreement is not intended as a fig leaf". It is not a branding opportunity, nor is it intended as a platform for lobbying.

Climate campaigners and other advocates of a global effort to combat global warming immediately condemned the move.

No. He set the US on a course to withdraw from the deal. For our part, in CT we will continue building on our efforts to address climate change with common sense, practical initiatives that will help to build and grow our economy.

The withdrawal puts the USA in a dubious club with Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries to reject the agreement.

In his speech, Trump complained that the Paris Accord required wealthy nations to help developing countries build renewable energy sources.

Top Senate Republicans wrote to Trump last week urging him to make a "clean break" from the Paris climate accord. The accord aims to limit global warming to 2°C this century, translating into an 80% economywide decarbonization for the U.S.by 2050.

Republicans in favor of withdrawing see the move as one more way this new White House is freeing energy companies from potential federal and even global regulations. China, which remains committed to the agreement, is Australia's biggest trading partner and receives five times as many exports than the US.

In hard talks leading up to the December 2015 accord, other countries often yielded to US positions so that the world's biggest economy wouldn't walk away, as it did from the previous climate deal, the Kyoto Protocol.

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