Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

BHP disappointed by Trump withdrawal from Paris climate pact

BHP disappointed by Trump withdrawal from Paris climate pact

While Mr Trump said the USA would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favourable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, "since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics".

The US President announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change and renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration.

A Maori climate change campaigner says New Zealand can't take the high moral ground over the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement because of its own poor record.

Merkel, one of the strongest advocates of the global pact to curb emissions of gases that speed climate change, said there was no turning back from the path that began with the 1997 Kyoto climate protocol and led to 2015's Paris deal.

Political and social leaders in the Bay Area had mixed reaction to President Donald Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate change accord.

"However, it does not impact our long-held support for the agreement which we believe provides a solid foundation for a global response to climate change and for the transition to a less than 2°C outcome".

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Under former President Barack Obama, the US had agreed to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons.

Still, EnerNOC chief executive Tim Healy said pulling out of the Paris agreement won't stop the momentum toward renewable energy and improvements in energy efficiency.

Macron, who made a televised address in French and English, said Trump had "committed an error for the interests of his country, his people and a mistake for the future of our planet". The U.S., Syria, and Nicaragua are now the only countries not signed on to the accord.

Macron called on USA researchers and scientists disappointed by Trump's decision to come to work in France to fight climate change.

"We will step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals", the three leaders said.

Mr. Trump explained that he would immediately work with democratic governments to immediately get together and re-negotiate the Paris deal. "We are simply the ones who will feel it", she said.

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