Obama slams Trump for exiting Paris climate deal

Trump has repeatedly referred to climate change as a "hoax" created to place undue regulatory burdens on American industry and vowed to "cancel" the agreement within his first 100 days in office. The parties in the agreement follow guidelines and procedures on a number of different climate issues, such as the conservation and enhancement of sinks and reservoirs, adaptation efforts, loss and damage due to climate change and transparency.

Syria, ravaged by civil war, didn't participate, while Nicaragua didn't sign the agreement because it didn't go far enough. Trump's response came in the early hours of Tuesday when he took to Twitter to once again demand that Germany renegotiate the terms of transatlantic trade and boost its defense spending.

The Paris Agreement was in part brokered by Obama and was seen as a major breakthrough after the previous accord, the Kyoto protocol, failed to include the U.S. and China, the world's two biggest polluters. The ice is melting, the temperature is rising, the habitat is being destroyed. "If the #US wants to pull out of the #ParisAgreement, we will be firm".

Other major tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google and Salesforce, have put their names to a full-page ad that will run on Thursday in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, calling on Trump to "advance U.S. interests by remaining a full partner in this vital global effort". "AGAIN!" the U.S. leader said in a tweet late Wednesday, punctuating the post with his campaign slogan.

Brown said it was hard to predict exactly what the fallout would be if the United States, the world's largest economy, pulled out of the climate accord.

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"We are living in times of global uncertainty and see that we have a responsibility to expand our partnership in all the different areas and to push for a world order based on law", she said.

"The world is moving to zero-emission cars". "President Trump has put our nation on the wrong path, and the wrong side of history".

Brown signed the Road Repair and Accountability Act, an unpopular law that imposes a 12 cent per gallon increase on Californians, and raises the tax on diesel fuel by 20 cents per gallon.

Chief executive Odd Arild Grefstad cited the growth of renewable energy in U.S. states such as Texas, New York and California as signs that "the world has started the transition from fossil to a renewable economy". "The real question is will anyone be around in 100 years". Calling reports of Trump's decision "alarming", Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago would still act to stop climate change.

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