Global reaction to United States pullout from Paris climate deal

In an exceptional step, the leaders of Germany, France and Italy issued a joint statement to criticise Trump's move and rejected his offer of renegotiating the deal.

The only thing President Trump will accomplish by this decision is to set the United States and the world back decades in this fight.

Its secretariat headquartered in this city in Germany also notes the announced intention to renegotiate the modalities for the U.S. participation in the agreement.

Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group, an alliance of business, politics and civil society leaders driving action for a sustainable economy, said Mr Trump's decision would not result in a U-turn on climate action in the U.S. or globally. "I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Trump said during his address from the Rose Garden.

But traditional United States allies were uncharacteristically blunt in their condemnation of Trump's decision, which comes amid already strained relationships with the hard-charging new president.

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who will serve as president of United Nations climate talks in Germany later this year, labelled Trump's announcement "deeply disappointing".

"In addition to being disappointed, I'm also angry".

A spokesman for Peabody Energy Corp, America's largest publicly traded coal miner, had said on Wednesday that the company would support a decision by Trump to withdraw from the Paris deal because the "accord is flawed on a number of levels".

Mr Inslee said Donald Trump's announcement leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout the nation.

"We therefore reaffirm our strongest commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement, including its climate finance goals and we encourage all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change".

And cheekily adapting the nationalist slogan used by Trump on his election campaign trail, Macron urged defenders of the climate to "make our planet great again".

Australia's Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said Canberra remained on track to meet its Paris targets and USA withdrawal would not derail the deal. A big worry is that the President's announcement will likely result in more clean energy jobs and investment migrating from the United States to China - that's money going somewhere other than manufacturing towns looking for more work.

His predecessor, Barack Obama, expressed regret over the pullout from a deal he was instrumental in brokering.

"We encourage all actors in the United States working to tackle climate change to stand their ground, share the benefits of their work and to keep making their voices heard", she said.

Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, who helped forge the 2015 agreement, said the USA had joined a "small handful of nations that reject the future", and that other nations would now reap the future benefits of investment in low-carbon energy.

In his statement, Trump said the US would "begin negotiations to re-enter" the agreement under better terms or to seek a new one.

"It's important to have all of the major emitters of the world participating in agreements like this".

Via Facebook, Gov. Cuomo said, "Withdrawing from the Paris Accord is reckless". Mayor Bill Peduto said in a tweet that most of Pittsburgh voted for Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The withdrawal prompted a global backlash, but while supporters said the U.S. simply needed a better deal.

The Paris Agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events. "President Trump is not putting America first, he is tethering it to the past".

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