Pence: Trump's withdrawal from climate pact 'refreshing'

Lauren Perry
June 5, 2017

China and the European Union will show unity in fighting global warming at a summit in Brussels on Friday, a day after President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from an worldwide climate pact.

President Donald Trump argued that leaving the Paris climate accord would save jobs at home, yet possible trade wars sparked by his decision could nullify any additional benefit to American workers.

In a rare statement on his successor's policies, Obama said: "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". "Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up - and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us". "In any case", he responded.

Some corporations that had supported the Paris agreement were quick to signal that Trump's decision would not change their plans.

Whatever the industry, companies will be reluctant to change plans based exclusively on the withdrawal from the climate agreement because the pendulum could swing back.

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger also said Thursday that he resigned from Trump's business advisory panel because of the withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

Climate Home contacted each Republican member of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus who hadn't publicly backed the Paris agreement prior to Wednesday.

Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, said the U.S. could try and re-enter the deal either after negotiations or have a new agreement "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

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Hendricks said the absence of $500 million contributions from the United States to the Green Climate Fund will be felt from 2018, but suggested the gap could be filled with "other financing mechanisms, for example through the World Bank".

Scientists say that to meet the 2 C target, humanity must leave a third of all oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80 percent of coal reserves in the ground.

And outside of City Hall in Paris, where the historic agreement was reached, green lights were also on full display. According to one of the government spokespersons at Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May had "expressed her disappointment" with President Trump by phone.

Elsewhere in the world, bright luminary displays were lit in a show of solidarity with the Paris agreement. "If one country decides to leave a void, I can guarantee someone else will occupy it", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said earlier this week, warning that in abandoning global climate efforts, the United States was bolstering the position of rivals like Russian Federation and China.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties in Paris in 2015 and it went into effect in November previous year.

Merkel, Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni also immediately issued a statement Thursday making clear that "the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies", rejecting Trump's assertion that he would try to broker new terms for the accord.

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