EU, China back Paris pact after United States pullout

President Donald Trump speaks about the USA role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May was accused by opponents Friday of failing to stand up to the United States over its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has stated that Donald Trump's efforts to "untie" America from "international connections" make it hard for Europe to stay on good terms with Washington, pushing the EU "closer" to China.

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy joined to "note with regret" the Trump decision.

Hua said China wants to strengthen cooperation with various parties to "push for the follow-up negotiations on the articles of the agreement and promote low-carbon green development".

"International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment". "This is clearly disappointing, and a setback for America's leadership in the world", ITI President Dean Garfield said in a statement. "We will earnestly implement our obligations".

French President Emmanuel Macron has said Donald Trump had made a historic error by abandoning the Paris climate agreement, and urged frustrated USA climate scientists and entrepreneurs to come and work in France. From leading world leaders to influencers in the tech industry, all have rejected Trump's decision to "betray the planet".

Criticism of his decision rolled in from blue-chip companies like Facebook Inc, Apple Inc, Ford Motor Co and Microsoft Corp, while the response from fossil fuel groups with the most to gain from a relaxation of US carbon emissions standards was muted.

"Today's decision is not only highly disappointing, but also highly concerning for those of us that live on the frontline of climate change", President Hilda Heine said in a statement. "It's more important than ever to take action".

Now, Irish Environmental groups are to hold a protest outside the American Embassy in Ballsbridge this lunchtime in response to Trump's decision to pull the United States out from the landmark global agreement to fight climate change.

Macron also made an unprecedented 3-minute broadcast in English, criticizing Trump's decision as "a mistake, both for the us and for our planet".

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said he believed Trump had made a mistake.

"President Trump is ceding the future to the Germans, the Chinese, the Indians, and other nations rather than having the United States continue to lead the world on clean energy solutions", said Sen.

That kind of rhetoric nearly could have come from Macron's election opponent, Marine le Pen, the far-right French politician who Trump openly supported this spring. In Tokyo, an irate Koichi Yamamoto, the environment minister, said "I'm not just disappointed, but also feel anger".

The UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim joined other experts and analysts in saying that the United States withdrawal will put India and China in leadership positions in the global fight to combat climate change.