Jimmy Kimmel skewers Trump for Paris Accord decision

  • Jimmy Kimmel skewers Trump for Paris Accord decision

Jimmy Kimmel skewers Trump for Paris Accord decision

"A definite 5, particularly for my grandchildren, who will suffer the consequences most", says UI Plant Biology and Crop Sciences Professor STEPHEN LONG.

I was amused, for example, that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo chose to highlight his support for the Paris Agreement by lighting up the new Kosciuszko Bridge in green.

"Today, President Trump announced his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords - making us one of three countries in the entire world not a part of the agreement, alongside Syria and Nicaragua". In response to Trump's move, the President of the Marshall Islands, Hilda Heine, said it was "highly concerning for those of us that live on the frontline of climate change".

President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after speaking about the US role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

The Paris Agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events.

"Generations from now, Americans will look back at Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement as one of the most ignorant and unsafe actions ever taken by any president", said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune in a statement.

Hours before Trump made his announcement, it said America's "selfishness and irresponsibility will be made clear to the world, crippling the country's world leadership".

The failed Democratic presidential nominee joined many other liberal Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Moore in exploding over the president's Thursday announcement.

And in her first visit with Trump in Washington, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gamely tried to shake Trump's hand during a photo opportunity, offering an optimistic assessment of the meeting despite the president's persistent criticisms of her country.

"The president made clear that the door remains open to future United States involvement in the agreement".

Trump argued that leaving the accord that increases environmental safety standards across the globe protects American jobs, presumably for workers in coal country and oil rigs.

Within the Trump administration, though, there was praise for Trump's decision. As the World Resources Institute pointed out, the NERA study uses a scenario in which the United States industrial sector is forced to reduce the country's overall emissions by almost 40% in 20 years.

In the wake of the Trump administration's sudden withdrawal from the worldwide stage, local leaders - especially, though not limited to, those in progressive areas of the country - are recommitting to their work on climate policy.

"There is no reverse gear to energy transition".

The fight against climate change is "unstoppable" and nations should stick to the landmark Paris accord, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Friday after the United States chose to exit the deal.

Russian Federation struck a rare negative note.

The British government issued a statement indicating Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her "disappointment" to Trump over his decision.

The opportunities for China are enormous, as it can step into the USA role of providing technology and equipment transfer to developing nations to help them meet their commitments under the Paris agreement.

Robinson Meyer, associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers climate change.

The White House official said "Trump resented the corporate critics who 'ride in fossil-fuel-guzzling planes and SUVs, then act holier-than-thou, '" according to Axios.

A number of figures from USA industry expressed their dismay at Trump's move. "Industry must now lead and not depend on government". The decision has no direct impact on major US regulations on power plants and vehicle rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well.

Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce and the VDMA engineering industry association warned that United States companies could gain short-term advantages by Trump's decision.

"Climate protection can be pushed forward in an effective and competition-friendly way only by all states", said DIHK President Eric Schweitzer.

Back to school you go, Trump!