Responses to Trump's Paris exit

Will we always have Paris? #COP21

Will we always have Paris? #COP21

"I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack", Obama said.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", the statement said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a Thursday briefing in Beijing that while China communicates regularly with the USA on topics including climate change, its support for the Paris accord derives from its own interests.

Venezuela and Argentina also denounced the decision.

A future USA president, of course, could rejoin a climate agreement ― but would have to work very hard to convince worldwide partners the serious this time.

Yet seeing climate change largely in geopolitical terms, as a battle for supremacy between American and Chinese leadership, could be missing the point. "The only solution they have is getting stronger among each other". "I'm very disappointed. In addition to being disappointed, I am angry", Japanese Environment Minister Koichi Yamamoto told a news conference on Friday.

"It is crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues", Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General, said.

"We must reduce global warming", the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden said in a short, joint missive.

"They will find in France a second homeland", he said.

"So if the obstructionists want to get together with me, let's make them non-obstructionists", Trump said, apparently referring to Democratic leadership.

The deal, negotiated during the Obama administration, also drew criticism from Republicans who said Obama should have involved Congress.

Trump cast doubt on the lofty goals supposedly motivating the accord, pointing out how it allows to China, India, and even Europe to continue to ramp up coal production while placing incredible burdens on our own domestic industry.

His actions since becoming president have reflected this level of disregard, with some questionable at best and catastrophic at worst, decisions coming from the White House.

"We encourage all actors in the U.S. working to tackle climate change to stand their ground, share the benefits of their work and to keep making their voices heard", she said.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States, " Trump explained.

Peter Altmaier, head of the German chancellery, said that Trump's decision was a disappointment, adding: "It's sad that one of the most important allies in climate protection is pulling out with a single stroke of the pen".

The organisation, which represents $12trn of AUM, said it urges the Administration to reconsider, stating the move would slow progress to tackle climate change.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a coal industry lobby, welcomed the decision - as did Republican leaders in Congress.

Far from weaken the world's resolve, Trump's announcement appears to have galvanised nations with many reasserting their unwavering commitment to the agreement.

"This is an insane move by this president; the world depends on a sustainable future", said Brown.

"Such technologies will also help in our fight against air pollution and ensure greater energy security globally".

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