After nearly 5-month-old frenzied speculation across the world, Trump on Thursday announced his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, arguing that the Paris Agreement "hamstrings" the United States while "empowers" other countries. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk said in a Twitter post on Thursday. And you know why?
"There has to be far more focus on the economic message", Kerry said, saying the U.S. is putting itself at a competitive disadvantage in green technology sectors.
"The European leaders, why do they want us to stay in?"
"All the discussions we've had for the last several weeks focused on one singular issue: Is Paris good or not for this country?" said Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, during a White House press briefing.
Part of U.S. president Donald Trump's justification for pulling the country out of the global Paris climate agreement yesterdaywas that the deal wouldn't reduce temperatures enough to make an impact. Even supporters of Trump's action expressed mixed views on this question, with 48 percent saying Trump's action will boost US leadership, while 48 percent think it will make no difference or will harm the nation's standing.
But the White House had to have known it was going to get that question.
In the USA, it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years.
"We've seen that in the expansion of the clean tech sector here in Pittsburgh", Ervin said. The Paris Agreement was created to accommodate entire nations, not individual cities.
"There is no question it helps Trump with his base", Republican pollster Glen Bolger said.
U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark worldwide pact on climate change countermeasures, will adversely affect the global environment and the U.S. itself in the long run.
Former New York City major, Michael Bloomberg, is coordinating an effort among 30 mayors, three governors, 80 university presidents and over 100 businesses to independently align with the Paris Agreement's goal of curbing U.S. carbon emissions, the New York Times reported Friday.
They call themselves the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which is different from the United States Climate Alliance, the brainchild of Gov. May noted that Japan and Canada - fellow members of the G-7 group of rich industrialized nations - also were not signatories, but like Britain remain committed to the Paris agreement.
Despite Trump's claim that he would renegotiate a climate agreement, many countries immediately announced they would not negotiate another environmental treaty with the US.
Part of the accord includes provisions that give underdeveloped countries money from developed countries, like the USA, provided they are making an effort to switch to green energy. At one point he suggested a renegotiation could take place, an idea that was unceremoniously slapped down by partners.
Nicaragua and war-torn Syria are the only countries not party to the Paris accord, the former seeing it as not ambitious enough.