President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, weakening efforts to combat global warming and embracing isolationist voices in his White House who argued that the agreement was a pernicious threat to the economy and American sovereignty.
In a speech from the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said the landmark 2015 pact imposed wildly unfair environmental standards on American businesses and workers. He vowed to stand with the people of the United States against what he called a “draconian” international deal.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” the president said, drawing support from members of his Republican Party but widespread condemnation from political leaders, business executives and environmentalists around the globe.
Mr. Trump’s decision to abandon the agreement for environmental action signed by 195 nations is a remarkable rebuke to heads of state, climate activists, corporate executives and members of the president’s own staff, who all failed to change his mind with an intense, last-minute lobbying blitz. The Paris agreement was intended to bind the world community into battling rising temperatures in concert, and the departure of the Earth’s second-largest polluter is a major blow.
Mr. Trump said he wanted to negotiate a better deal for the United States, and the administration said he had placed calls to the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Canada to personally explain his decision. A statement from the White House press secretary said the president “reassured the leaders that America remains committed to the trans-Atlantic alliance and to robust efforts to protect the environment.”
But within minutes of the president’s remarks, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement saying that the Paris climate accord was “irreversible” and could not be renegotiated. (nytimes)
Comments - 13
Dalu Banda Friday, 02 June 2017 11:24 AM
I wish he will make proper financial technical investments to reduce annual bush fires in dry seasons of USA that could contribute improvements to the environments immensely and make America Great Again.
GW Friday, 02 June 2017 11:49 AM
GLOBAL WARMING is an international issue.
lkboy Friday, 02 June 2017 12:04 PM
what a selfish decision.
Ravi Friday, 02 June 2017 12:12 PM
Even china signed up. Nice work china..
Lord Wolfstein Friday, 02 June 2017 12:12 PM
Trump is a notoriously liar, a diplomatic and intellectual imposition for the political world stage; a psychopathic narcist blind to reality, jeopardizing world peace, the global economy and world climate protection. One only needs to study his facial expressions, then one knows that Trump is suffering from a mental disorder. If he is not quickly impeached or deprived of his office, he will lead the USA and many other countries into the abyss.
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 02 June 2017 12:14 PM
Since independence, SL has continuously low quality leaders that has driven this nation to the dumps, this is fault of citizens and our curse. This is the first time in USA that they have elected a dumb leader, who may create a trend that could befall this great nation and her values, hope they don't end up like another SL.
Joseph Friday, 02 June 2017 12:32 PM
USA imposes so many conditions on other countries. But when conditions are not favorable to USA the expect everyone to follow suit irrespective the impact it would have on the world.
Sincere Saturday, 03 June 2017 01:28 PM
Trump's trashing a bad deal that no one really liked and that wouldn't achieve its supposed goals. He had the guts to say no to a delusion because no one else has the guts to stand up and say "No".
seqi Friday, 02 June 2017 01:12 PM
Trump is a true reflection of Americas take on democracy.....the model they espouse for the middle east claiming they are the true model of democracey and how much better off the world would be if blindly followed. Sorry America youve been exposed and will have to endure as will the rest of the world this demented individual for the foreseeable future. None so silly as to believe in their own hype. via DM Android App
Sincere Saturday, 03 June 2017 02:07 PM
All those who voted for Trump in the last election and appointed him the President must be given your title!
Thanos Friday, 02 June 2017 04:26 PM
They not only end-up like SL but worse than SL eventually. All empires no matter how powerful fall. Thats reality.
Senewi Friday, 02 June 2017 08:35 PM
Now he is overtaking Kim Jong-un in stupidity index
ANTON Friday, 02 June 2017 11:04 AM
PEOPLE WITH RIGID BACKBONES USUALLY TAKE SOLID DECISIONS...... NAMENNE NAA, NAMANDATH BAA......
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