World leaders push back after President Donald Trump withdraws from climate pact

"The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers - who I love - and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production", he said.

Anticipating a possible US pullout, officials from China and the European Union - two of the world's major polluters - had prepared a declaration reaffirming their commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement, which is widely considered a landmark deal for bringing together nearly all countries under a common goal.

Tillerson called Trump's action a "policy decision".

"All the discussions we had through the last several weeks have been focused on one singular issue: Is Paris good or not for this country?" said Pruitt.

With some USA cities and states immediately voicing support for the Paris deal following Trump's announcement, it is unlikely that the country as a whole will see zero implementation of the pact in real terms.

Environmentalists warned lasting damage would be done if the world's second-biggest producer of greenhouse gases gave up its target of reducing carbon emissions.

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Trump said he's willing to renegotiate and re-enter the agreement when he believes it better serves the interests of Americans. Exxon, his former company, was on the record supporting the agreement and publicly encouraging Trump not to withdraw.

"So hopefully, people can keep it in perspective", the secretary added.

Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017, objecting to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord.

"The outlook for US energy production will be determined far more by market conditions, like the price of oil and gas, than by scrapping the Obama-era environmental regulations", Bordoff said. The landmark agreement succeeded where past attempts failed because it allowed each country to set its own emission reduction targets and adopt its own strategies for reaching them.

The Green Fund is created to help poor countries adapt to climate change and bypass some of the heavily polluting technologies formerly used by rich countries. "He still sees a path forward on that and we're also going to continue to work with our friends and allies on our priorities: national security and the economy".

In 2012, Trump tweeted that climate change was a hoax perpetrated by China, and this week his aides repeatedly declined to answer directly when asked if he believes in the phenomenon.

Whatever the industry, companies will be reluctant to change plans based exclusively on the withdrawal from the climate agreement because the pendulum could swing back.

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Paris deal supporters, including Kerry, predicted Trump's withdrawal would cause nearly irreparable damage to America's standing overseas and potentially its ability to negotiate future diplomatic agreements.

"We have a history of pollution and industry, and we're working really hard as a city to move past that through our growing industries", said Isabella Sigado, a 21-year-old art history student at the University of Pittsburgh.

But Ronald Neumann, a former US ambassador who heads the American Academy of Diplomacy, noted Tillerson, like all secretaries of state, would occasionally lose policy battles.

"I think the people of Pittsburgh understand that this is a global problem", said Angeli, a 29-year-old digital communications manager.

Thursday wasn't a total loss for Tillerson.

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