Yesterday afternoon, ironically appearing in the White House Rose Garden, President Trump announced that the US would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. While there were plenty of Trump’s advisors and supporters in favor of the move, condemnation from the rest of the world was swift.
France, Germany and Italy, three major supporters of the climate deal in Europe, shot down Trump’s assertion that the deal could be renegotiated:
“This agreement is a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change,” they said in a combined statement. “It is “irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Marcon each issued personal statements expressing their disappointment that the US no longer wished to be a part of battling climate change.
Japanese Environment Minister Kiochi Yamamoto did not mince words regarding Trump’s decision:
“The decision made by U.S. President Trump amounts to turning their backs on the wisdom of humanity. I’m very disappointed… I am angry,” said Yamamoto.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose to find cause for optimism, hoping Trump’s decision would inspire other countries to work even harder:
“While the U.S. decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Leaders from China, Russia and India all made statements affirming their continued efforts to follow the agreement.
Countries as far flung as Fiji, concerned about rising sea level from the melting polar ice, and Mexico also expressed extreme disappointment with Trump’s decision.
Trump wasn’t even safe from friends at home. Business leaders like Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankenship called the decision a setback for the United States’ leadership position in the world. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, and Disney’s Robert Iger both immediately resigned from their advisory roles in the administration. And first daughter Ivanka Trump is said to be furious.
Even with the announcement, the US cannot officially remove itself until the end of 2019, so there’s still hope that the backlash will get to Trump.