Exiting Paris, Trump leaves deal shaped by US priorities

President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord Thursday, a major step that fulfills a campaign promise while seriously dampening global efforts to curb global warming.

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States", he said, claiming that other countries have laughed at the US for agreeing to the terms". Musk tweeted yesterday that he would quit the council if Trump ditched the Paris climate agreement.

A USA withdrawal could deepen a rift with US allies. Now, the USA may fall further from that goal.

BREAKING: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she regrets United States climate move, will keep working to 'save our Earth'.

In a Berlin speech, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that fighting climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility".

The president could decide to stay in the treaty, but adjust the voluntary US targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These include carbon dioxide generated from burning of fossil fuels that scientists blame for a warming planet, sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.

The U.S., for its part, pledged to cut its emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and help contribute $100 billion a year to help developing nations withstand climate change impacts by 2020.

Both those goals are now off the table for the USA, for the time being, all because Trump made a promise to his political base, even though a majority of Republicans support the conclusions of mainstream climate science and support the deal.

The White House had signaled earlier in the week that withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions.

Mr Trump has argued behind closed doors in Washington that the Paris accord was a bad deal for America and was poorly negotiated by the Obama administration.

The United Nations' main Twitter page quoted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, "Climate change is undeniable". This retreat also reflects an extraordinary lack of faith in American innovation, as the President seems to think that the US commitment to cut about 1/4th of our carbon pollution by 2025 is beyond the grasp of the country that won World War II and put men on the moon.

Even in regions of the US where coal is plentiful, electric utilities are increasingly shifting to cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas.

A full, formal withdrawal from the pact would take about four years.

"It is time to exit the Paris accord and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens and our country", he said.

ROME (AP) - President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a heavy blow to a deal that in many ways was created to ensure the participation of the United States, regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans control the White House.

Democratic U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Jack Reed wrote a letter urging Trump not to withdraw. "By ceding the U.S.'s historic leadership role on climate and energy issues to other nations, he is also forfeiting any ability to help shape global policies in this area".

China and the European Union will seek on Friday to buttress the agreement.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would continue to press the U.S.to reduce risky emissions even if Trump pulls out.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, enter a hall for their talks at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

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