Brad Plumer, a climate reporter for The New York Times, explains the consequences of President Trump's decision today that he will withdraw from the landmark global warming agreement. WASHINGTON -- President Trump announced Thursday that he will withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris climate accord, weakening global efforts to combat climate change and siding with conservatives who argued that the landmark 2015 agreement was harming the economy. But he will stick to the withdrawal process laid out in the Paris agreement, which President Barack Obama joined and most of the world has already ratified. That could take nearly four years to complete, meaning a final decision would be up to the American voters in the next presidential election. Still, Mr. Trump's decision is a remarkable rebuke to fellow heads-of-state, climate activists, corporate executives and members of the president's own staff, all of whom failed this week to change Mr. Trump's mind with an intense, last-minute lobbying blitz.
President Trump stands next to the podium after speaking about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday in the Rose Garden of the White House. President Trump stands next to the podium after speaking about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday in the Rose Garden of the White House. Corporate executives generally shy away from addressing hot-button political issues for fear of alienating customers. But after President Trump announced Thursday that he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate change accord, a who's who of Fortune Magazine cover models took to social media to criticize the decision. Here are the reactions of some of the nation's most prominent business leaders: 'Climate change is an urgent issue' Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., said in a lengthy statement Thursday that the technology giant was "disappointed" with Trump's decision.
President Donald Trump announces his decision regarding the United States' participation in the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, saying it disadvantages America and its workers. A panel of experts talks about the domestic and global consequences and answers your questions during a special program by 1A. Thursday he said the United States will withdraw from the multilateral agreement. Thursday, Jun 01 2017President Trump has made his decision – and plans to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
There's no doubt that President Trump's withdrawal will make it more difficult for the world to reach the goals that it set for itself in the Paris agreement - keeping global temperature rises well under 2C. The US contributes about 15% of global emissions of carbon, but it is also a significant source of finance and technology for developing countries in their efforts to fight rising temperatures. There's also a question of moral leadership, which the US will be giving up, which may have consequences for other diplomatic efforts. Michael Brune, from US environmentalists, the Sierra Club, said the expected withdrawal was a "historic mistake which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality". Will Paris pull-out hurt Trump?
The US has insisted it will leave the Paris climate accord, despite reports that it may be softening its stance. Officials who met a White House representative on Saturday said afterwards the US would either stay in the 2015 accord or change its approach. The White House said "there has been no change" in the US position "unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favourable to our country". President Donald Trump said in June he wanted a new "fair" deal for the US. He added it was important a new deal would not disadvantage US businesses, but opponents say withdrawing from the accord is an abdication of US leadership on a key global challenge.