Barrasso, Enzi and Cheney comment on United States leaving Paris Climate Agreement

A number of Putin's quips came at the start of the question-and-answer segment of the event, when moderator Megyn Kelly asked him and the other panelists to give their thoughts on President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

But Britain did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy saying they regretted Trump's decision and stressing that the accord can not be renegotiated.

This was not the first time that the United States was opting out of an worldwide climate agreement, environmentalists pointed out.

The White House said the US will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway.

In television interviews the morning after Trump's announcement, Vice-President Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House aide, defended Trump's decision as a reassertion of America's sovereignty.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Pittsburgh also fired back after Trump said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

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Trump's decision was swift. "In addition to being disappointed, I'm also angry", Yamamoto said. But if there was regret in Beijing, it was mixed with not a little gloating.

Other world leaders were more reticent in their criticism, either out of domestic concerns or because they don't want to alienate the an important ally.

"As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal", Iger tweeted. For example, his earlier decision to cut funding to United Nations programs related to the climate agreement (not to mention funding for population programs) is going to have substantial adverse impacts on its own. On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced that America would pull out of the agreement.

It's probably painful, given that President Trump has upbraided them on their deadbeat defense contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and the European Union itself has suffered a blow to prestige because so few of its members bother to observe their monetary quotas.

In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that the USA withdrawal won't prevent the rest of the world from pressing ahead with efforts to curb global warming. 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.

"No matter what changes may happen to other countries' position on the Paris Climate Accord, China will continue to pursue the concept of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, taking concrete measures and strengthening active steps domestically to counter climate change, and seriously fulfill the Paris Climate Accord", Hua said.

This withdrawal will "greatly undermine" the global effort to curb the damaging impact of climate change on human health, according to a press release issued by ACP. Trump could have declared the Paris Agreement a treaty, which would require the ratification in the Senate, where U.S. involvement would die a slow death at the hands of fossil fuel industry-financed politicians.

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While Trump argued the landmark 2015 accord hurts and business, others took a more global view. That drastic move would have been an even more dramatic rebuke to the rest of the world.

Meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement can fuel a $19 trillion surge in additional economic growth over the next 30 years.

But converting coal to gas would also produce more of the carbon dioxide that's the main driver behind climate change, first in manufacturing the gas and again in burning it.

In 2020, voters will have something concrete to vote on: Does the U.S. engage with the rest of the world on climate change, or remain a pariah?

Do we think it's merely coincidence that Pruitt chose to dine at a French restaurant, or is this just the cocky little shit thumbing his nose at everyone who's upset about Paris accord?

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