Yale considering joining group committed to Paris climate accord

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from USA allies and business leaders. And you know why?

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, was similarly evasive on the topic.

In announcing the nation's withdrawal from the accord Thursday, Trump argued that the climate agreement negotiated under President Barack Obama was unfair to USA workers.

It appears, he says, that the White House cherry picked the lowest number they could find among studies that explored the impact of the climate accord.

Last night as I watched Donald Trump pull out of the Paris Accord I found myself in a mix of emotions. That study was based on a scenario in which the United States would cut 26 percent to 28 percent of emissions by 2025, and did not factor in the possible benefits of battling climate change.

So it was fitting that his speech - and his reasoning - on the decision to exit the historic 195-nation accord established in 2015, emphasized American workers and taxpayers who Trump said "absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production". "We believe this is an important worldwide agreement on climate change".

"The discussion over the last several weeks has been one of a thoughtful deliberation". He heard many voices, voices across a wide spectrum of vantage points.

On April 22, 2016, as many as 175 countries, including Russia, Germany, India, China and the United States, signed the agreement at a summit held at the United Nations headquarters. "We had reduced our Carbon dioxide footprint to levels of the early 1990s", he asserted.

Pulling out of Paris does not mean disengagement, he said. "And the president said, 'Look, we're open to discussing this".

"They weren't doing enough and America was carrying the load, so I think by negotiating a better deal, hopefully we can get a better result for our country and the world". 7 out of 10 Americans think the USA should stick with the Paris Agreement. Even so, that's well under the temperature increase projected if no deal were in place: 7.6 degrees F (4.2 degrees C).

Many politicians and other Americans jumped on Twitter after the announcement to cheer on Trump's "America first" emphasis on the economy.

Speaking at the forum, Putin avoided criticising Trump's decision, however, he noted that the USA participation is essential for the success of global efforts.

He added that China, Russia and India had confirmed their commitment to it. "We've led with action, not words", Pruitt said.

However, the Paris agreement was welcomed by numerous evangelical Christian groups, including the World Evangelical Alliance and the Lausanne Movement. "We will support them and fight on their side".

"That's something that should occur and will occur in the future".