Paris mayor says Trump climate withdrawal 'a mistake with fatal consequences'

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"This put the United States of America to a very very big economic disadvantage", he said, adding that as a result of the deal, the U.S. would not be able to compete with other countries in the world. "The president has said unequivocally that he is committed to continue the discussions around Carbon dioxide reductions, but with America at the forefront of those discussions".

With Trump's action, the United States will walk away from almost every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century. He said: "The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States".

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a statement calling Trump's decision to bail on the global pact to battle climate change an "abdication of American leadership and an worldwide disgrace." Sen. At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? Within the United States, businesses and state authorities can and must take action where the federal government has withdrawn, they added. He said he would seek to renegotiate the agreement - signed by more than 190 countries - in terms that would better benefit USA workers. If the US doesn't rejoin with a new deal, it could harm the relationship between the 194 countries remaining in the accord and the United States. But Trump's statement was clear and direct. He also said that the terms of the Accord are not tough enough for China and India, unlike the United States.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, told The New York Times that Trump's decision will play to his base.

As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.

Obviously, we weren't the only ones disgusted by this.

The non-profit environmental organization Sierra Club was similarly brutal, deeming Trump's decision to withdraw "one of the most ignorant and risky actions ever taken by any president".

The announcement is a huge blow to efforts to address the impact of climate change on a global level, and comes after extensive appeals on the part of businesses, environmental activists, Catholic leaders, past administration officials, and even members of Trump's own team.

Trump said the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, secured in the French capital in December 2015, which commits countries to curbing rising global temperatures.

Past year was the warmest since records began in the 19th century, as global average temperatures continued a rise dating back decades that scientists attribute to greenhouse gases. "Now more than ever we will work for global climate policies that save our planet". He also said that years ago all nations came together to protect the only world we have for the future generation.

In a separate meeting with Pope Francis last week, the pontiff presented Trump with a gift - a copy of his two-year-old encyclical on climate change known as Laudato Si.

The Republican vowed during the campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster U.S. oil and coal industries.

Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Moe says Canada needs to reach out to the United States to talk about a North American approach on climate change. "The transformation envisaged in the Paris Agreement is already underway".

In a statement Thursday, former President Barack Obama suggested that California and like-minded states could benefit from an agreement that Trump has now rejected.

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