USA quits Paris climate pact

Building suspense about America's role in the world, President Donald Trump planned to announce Thursday whether the US would stay in a global climate pact.

Former President Barack Obama says the Trump administration is joining "a small handful of nations that reject the future" by withdrawing from the Paris climate change pact.

Cuomo, Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said they were forming a coalition of states determined to stick to the Paris targets.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, applauded the decision in a statement, saying: "President Trump has once again put families and jobs ahead of left-wing ideology and should be commended for his action".

15 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions come from the United States, where an estimated five percent of the population lives.

"The president's denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America's cities", the group wrote in a statement. But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the US and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments. In Moscow, the press secretary for the Russian president confirmed that the country would also support it, but added that it would be hard to implement the deal if major companies didn't take part in the agreement, news agency Interfax reported.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso drew parallels to the USA setting up a plan to establish the League of Nations after World War I, only to back out later.

Across the nation and the economy, renewable-energy technologies have taken root and gathered momentum while creating thousands of jobs, state and corporate officials said.

The United States is second only to China in terms of carbon emission. Then, once it started, who didn't join in? "What we believe we can do in CT is show the policies that can work", he said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he spoke with Trump on Tuesday in an attempt to persuade the president to keep the the climate deal but "it wasn't enough".

The United States had committed to reduce emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. "We will double our efforts to fight climate change", he said.

But the official says there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal " leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final.

At their meeting last month, the pope gave Trump a signed copy of his 2015 encyclical letter that called for protecting the environment from the effects of climate change and backed scientific evidence that it is caused by human activity. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", the CEO of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. tweeted shortly after Trump officially withdrew the US from the global climate pact. The automaker said on Thursday that despite the withdrawal it "will not waver from our commitment to the environment". And the pressure on executives to address climate change has grown as major financial advisory firms for the first time used their shares to press their views on the issue.

It is unclear when discussions between the three governors began, but they announced their new pact within an hour of Mr Trump's announcement.

"We will also continue to reach out to the USA federal government to discuss this matter of critical importance for all humankind, and to identify areas of shared interest for collaboration, including on emissions reductions".

While travelling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

Since formally taking a role as special assistant in the administration in late March, the President's eldest daughter has leaned into advocacy on a portfolio of largely noncontroversial issues, including women's economic empowerment, combating human trafficking and paid family leave, a topic she had success with last week as the administration released a budget that included paid leave provisions for new mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents. The other two are Syria and Nicaragua.

The announcement fulfills one of Trump's top campaign pledges. "Many trade deals will soon be under re-negotiation".