Global leaders and business heads react to Trump's Paris pullout

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", the President said.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, leading numerous politicians and stars to criticize his latest decision.

Those who supported Trump's decision to pull out of the deal aren't concerned about local actions on climate, as long as the United States is not a party to the global agreement, said Tom Pyle, president of the conservative American Energy Alliance.

Brian Webb, director of Climate Caretakers, a group that advocates for prayer as part of its approach to combating the effects of climate change, said Pence's claim was wrong.

According to a recent Climate Action Tracker report, the USA would have likely failed to meet its Paris commitments "by a wide margin", assuming the Trump administration's climate policies were fully implemented.

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It found that seven in 10 registered voters (69 per cent) said the United States should participate in the agreement, compared with only 13 per cent who said the United States should not. "We in Germany, in Europe and the world will band together to take more decisive action than ever to confront and successfully surmount major challenges to humanity such as climate change", she told reporters.

Long a skeptic of climate change-calling it a "hoax" propagated by the Chinese to suppress USA manufacturing-this is the latest, and perhaps most significant, action taken by Trump under his "America First" doctrine, calling the agreement unfair to American workers and the economic impacts of "draconian".

So why the hysteria now, since the Paris agreement, like Kyoto, places demands on the developed world, led by the USA, that it does not on the developing world, led by China?

The nonpartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors will signal its support for the Paris deal during its annual conference June 23-27, the organization announced Friday.

"We will continue to lead. The impacts have been estimated to be likely to reduce global temperature rise by less than 0.2 degrees Celsius in 2100". But despite its bad record in the past, China's investments in recent years in solar and wind energy have been much larger than those of any other country.

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The $15 million would cover the US share of the convention's operating budget, according to Bloomberg spokesperson Carl Pope. Mr Trump has previously described climate change as a hoax by the Chinese to damage United States manufacturing.

According to the CITEPA research institute, America's renewable energy sector in America employed some 800,000 people in 2016 - almost five times more than the fossil-fuel sector.

"The United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is not surprising as President Trump had made known his intentions to jettison United States' environment for the sake of his economy", said Mr Christian.

Many world leaders have condemned the US withdrawal. It will also help fulfil the Paris agreement reporting requirements so that the world can track the United States' progress.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met European Union leaders at a summit in Brussels, where the two sides were expected to adopt a joint statement stressing their commitment to the Paris deal.

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