Former President Obama and others have wasted no time in responding to Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord. The United States, Syria and Nicaragua are now the only three countries not adhereing to the guidelines of the Paris Agreement.
Shortly after the announcement on Wednesday, the office of Barack Obama released a statement reflecting on why he originally joined to Paris agreement to combat climate change.
“A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children," the statement read.
“The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, 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 on terms that are fair to the United States,” the president said in a press conference at the White House. “We are getting out. But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great.”
Trump's decision to pull out fulfills a major promise he made while he campaigned. This was referenced when Trump spoke in the Rose Garden about representing the people of Pittsburgh and not Paris.
“It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., and Pittsburgh, Pa., along with many, many other locations within our great country before Paris, France,” Trump said. “It is time to make America great again.”
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto tweeted: “I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.”
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