Musk storms out of Trump advisory council over climate change decision

He said the USA could potentially look to negotiate a new climate agreement, but Anote Tong said no Pacific island countries would be willing to go back to the negotiating table. The Paris deal "really put an extraordinary burden on the American economy while allowing some countries around the world like China and India to literally go a decade or more without any accountability for reducing C02 emissions", Pence said.

This isn't tree-hugger stuff, either.

"This is not the type of leadership Britain needs either to negotiate Brexit or stand up to defend our planet in an era of climate change". As President, he has now delivered on his threat, even though the global climate agreement struck in Paris came only after nearly 20 years of exhaustive diplomacy involving nearly 200 nations.

Under Barack Obama, the U.S. had agreed under to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025, but the national targets are voluntary and leave room for manoeuvre.

The objective of the Paris Agreement is to prevent an increase in global average temperature and keep it well below 2°C.

"We will succeed because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again", said Mr Macron, tweaking the "Make America great again" slogan promoted by Mr Trump. "But it is probably true that the USA has most of all shot itself in the foot under Trump's leadership".

Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio slammed Trump's decision. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", he said.

In doing so, he jeopardizes the speed and scale with which new jobs, economic growth and healthy communities can be built in the United States, and threatens to slow the collective progress of other countries all dependent on the same planet. "Cautiously optimistic of a positive decision".

CEO Andrew Mackenzie held talks with Donald Trump in January shortly before he took office as president and tried to persuade him to stick with the pact agreed in December 2015 in Paris.

USA state leaders from Washington, California and NY all announced Thursday that they will form a U.S. climate alliance in spite of Trump's withdrawal from the accord.

Musk has weathered criticism in the past for having a position on Trump's advisory councils.

"As the world starts to finance renewable energies, and those that finance banks understand that is where the financial waters are moving, then the United States will either be a part of that, or we're going to be left behind and watch Germany and Southeast Asia lead the next economic revolution", Peduto said Thursday on CNN.

The European nations that pushed for Trump to stay in the deal appear to be in little mood to help the president take credit for getting a better deal.

Meanwhile, Israel's Jerusalem Post also pointed to the disdain in their country for the decision.

World leaders react with anger and defiance after President Donald Trump announced that the United States, the world's second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The U.S. only sources about 13 percent of its electricity from renewables. But it wasn't enough.

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who will serve as president of upcoming United Nations climate talks in Germany later this year, labeled the U.S. move "deeply disappointing" but he said the battle to contain the threats to the environment would continue.

Under the pact, the U.S. - the world's second-biggest carbon emitter behind China - had committed to reduce its emissions by 26% to 28% from 2005 levels by 2025. "We will never waver, because we know that future generations depend on us".

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