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Trump pulling United States out of Paris climate deal: Axios

02 June 2017

The Mayor of Pittsburgh was not thrilled with his city's mention in President Donald Trump's remarks on Thursday announcing the us would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

"On these issues and so many more, we're following through on our commitments and I don't want anything to get in our way".

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said the USA withdrawal was a major disappointment.

The Obama administration pledged a 26 to 28 percent cut in US emissions, which Republicans have criticized for potentially having a negative impact on the American economy and its energy sector. But the targets were voluntary, meaning the US and the almost 200 other nations in the agreement could alter their commitments.

"The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction in terms that are fair to the United States and it's workers". "If we can, great".

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"We'll be the cleanest", he said.

By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge. In other words, in the end, it'll be the mayors who have the most effect.

Countries that stay in the Paris deal will "reap the benefits" of jobs and industries created and the USA should be "at the front of the pack", Mr Obama said.

On the eve of Thursday's announcement, Trump noted as he took part in a photo session with Vietnam's visiting prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc that he was hearing from "a lot of people both ways" as he considered his options.

In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "regret" at the decision, and called for a continuation of "climate policies which preserve our world". "It's now up to cities to lead", Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, said on Twitter. "This is an extraordinary moment of fake news, because the economy he described is not the economy of America".

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The president added that "as of today", the United States would stop implementing its Paris pledges, including contributions to the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries deal with the effects of climate change.

Democratic presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders called it an "international disgrace".

Dozens of top executives urged Trump not to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement.

As Trump announced his plans, it was 83 degrees Fahrenheit (28 Celsius) in Washington, a bit higher than the 80-degree average high for the day but well below the 2011 record of 98. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the president consulted US business leaders and foreign heads of state. The decision drew immediately backlash from climate activists and many business leaders.

Here are a few more statement from mayors (including the Conference of Mayors which comprises 1,408 USA cities) and cities around the world reacting with disappointment and pledging to carry on the agreement. But those targets are largely voluntary, and Trump has already made clear that he views environmental regulations as an obstacle to his goal of creating jobs and ensuring energy independence.

Trump withdraws U.S. from Paris climate accord
We entered Paris formally in November 2016, meaning the United States isn't eligible to withdraw until November 2019. And a diminished US role in research and development will mean opportunities elsewhere, he added.