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President Trump Withdraws U.S. from Paris Climate Accord

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

President Donald Trump announced June 1, 2017, that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, keeping a campaign promise many had hoped he would abandon.

During a White House press conference, Trump said he was open to renegotiating aspects of the agreement. But France, Germany, and Italy said they considered the accord “a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change” that could not be renegotiated. [1]

Even before becoming President, Trump considered the agreement to be an American job-killer and little more than a way for other nations to take advantage of the United States. Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump asked:

“At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? We want fair treatment. We don’t want other countries and other leaders to laugh at us anymore.” [2]

Trump had been under intense pressure from other world leaders, business executives, and his own daughter, Ivanka, to remain a part of the deal. However, the President said he was carrying out the will of his supporters and remaining true to his “America First” policy, exclaiming:

“I was elected by the citizen of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto responded to Trump’s remark by tweeting:

“Fact: Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris agreement.”

As it stands, only the United States, Syria, and Nicaragua are not part of the accord. Even North Korea is in on the deal.

Immediately following Trump’s announcement that he would be withdrawing from the agreement, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and Disney CEO Robert Iger said that they would resign from the President’s advisory councils.

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