Tillerson: US still will cut emissions despite Paris pullout


British Prime Minister Theresa May was accused by opponents Friday of failing to stand up to the United States over its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

He's said California's economy is proof that combating climate change isn't the economic deadweight Trump suggests.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said Europe and China must lead the global transition to clean-energy technologies after the US chose to withdraw from the landmark climate-protection accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris two years ago.

Earlier France, Germany and Italy had issued a joint statement saying the Paris deal can not be renegotiated.

Jerry Brown said, blasting the decision as "deviant behavior from the highest office in the land".

Under the pact, the United States - the world's second biggest carbon emitter behind China - had committed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent by 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

For his part, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, wrote that "Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk". Tillerson and Ivanka both fell in line after Trump's announcement, however, quietly accepting his decision. Trump promised during his campaign to bring back coal mining jobs. That means if another candidate manages to defeat him in the 2020 presidential election, the ultimate decision of whether or not to pull out will fall to that individual. "There is no backsliding on the Paris agreement", Juncker said. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world". Even though the USA won't be officially out until 2020, we will begin acting as if we have left immediately by abandoning Obama's emission-reducing policies.

The co-founder of the MIT program on climate change told The Associated Press that the administration was citing an outdated report, taken out of context.

This decision can't and won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet.

The White House was reportedly considering more drastic options for U.S. withdrawal that would have been faster but even more damaging to United States involvement in global climate efforts.

"Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement". That drastic move would have been an even more dramatic rebuke to the rest of the world.

Other cities around the world showed their solidarity with the Paris climate accord. And in doing so, Trump has given voters the opportunity to speak out on climate change in a way they rarely have.

Developing countries, he said, needed developed nations like the U.S.to help in mitigating the side effects of climate change, adding that the withdraw of one major developed countries was a blow, according to HOT FM radio. The group of "climate mayors", who together represent over 40 million Americans, had sent an open letter to Trump in March, in which they announced their refusal to implement the executive order that rolled back some of the measures against climate change put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and urged Trump to maintain the U.S. commitment to fighting climate change.