The Swift & Severe Reactions to Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Decision
Many leaders do not agree with Trump's decision.
US President Donald Trump announced he's pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement, despite 71% of the US public supporting the pact.
While world leaders and business leaders had spent weeks lobbying him to stay in the deal, the president decided otherwise. Disappointed with Trump's decision, reaction was severe and swift.
Here's a roundup of reactions from world leaders, US politicians, and business leaders.
President Barack Obama
"Even in the absence of American leadership, even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future, I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got."
French President Emmanuel Macron
The newly elected president posted a video of his reaction to Trump's move, where he asked others to come together to "Make our planet great again."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
According to a tweet by a spokesman, Merkel, who met with Trump in Italy during the G7, was "disappointed" in him.
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 1, 2017
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
"It is disappointing. We would prefer the United States to remain part of the agreement. We are committed to the Paris agreement. We are on track to meet our 2030 targets of a reduction in emissions by 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels. And, I should say we are doing well. Our emissions, whether measures against by head of population or by, against GDP are the lowest they've been for 27 years."
A historic mistake. The world is moving forward together on climate change. Paris withdrawal leaves American workers & families behind.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 1, 2017
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Schumer called the decision "a devastating failure of historic proportions. ... The idea of searching for a new deal is a fig leaf. If you truly believe in improsing the Paris Agreement, you don't back out — you work with our allies and partners around the world. ... I seriously hoe the president reconsiders this awful decision."
Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric
"Disappointed with today's decision on the Paris agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government."
Vice President Al Gore
"Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time."
California Gov. Jerry Brown
“Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He’s wrong on the facts. America’s economy is boosted by following the Paris agreement. He’s wrong on the science. Totally wrong. California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle.”
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk
Musk announced he’d be leaving the White House advisory councils he’d been serving on because of Trump’s decision. "Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," Musk said in a Twitter post.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Sen. Bernie Sanders
What President Trump did today by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord is an international disgrace. pic.twitter.com/ZjBMOiABDj— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 1, 2017
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi said: Trump “is abandoning America’s leadership position. … and is sending a strong message to the rest of the world to create, design, and manufacture clean energy solutions elsewhere.”
Pelosi: Dems “will join with states, cities, local groups & the private sector to fight to protect the future of our climate & our planet” pic.twitter.com/y8gtUID98J— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 1, 2017
Anne Hidaldo, Mayor of Paris + Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburg
After Trump said he represents the people of Pittsburgh, not the people of Paris, the mayors of each town weighed in on Twitter to wage their support for the climage agreement.
Bob Iger, Disney CEO
Iger, who served on the president's advisory council, stepped down.
As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
In an open letter to Apple employees, Cook said he had tried to persuade the president to stay in the agreement, but wasn't successful.
Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 2, 2017
Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs
Blankfien issued his first-ever tweet to weigh in on the president's decision.
Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 1, 2017
Food Industry CEOs