June 1, 2017
by Ty Durden of ZeroHedge
It’s done. Bannon 1 – 0 Kushner.
President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate pact and that he will seek to renegotiate the international agreement in a way that treats American workers better.
“So we are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal, and if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine,” Trump said Thursday, citing terms that he says benefit China’s economy at the expense of the U.S.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or really an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses” and its taxpayers, Trump said.
In His First Ever Tweet, Lloyd Blankfein Slams Trump’s Climate Decision
Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein joined Twitter 6 years ago, in June 2011, and throughout that time he tweeted exactly zero times. He changed that today, when for the first time he took to twitter to slam Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement, which he called “a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world.”
Italy, France, Germany Say Paris Accord Can Not Be Renegotiated
In a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate pact, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday night that the effects of climate change are already evident around the world.
“We will not negotiate a less restrictive accord,” he said, adding that France, Germany and Italy remained united behind the agreement. Macron also reitereated his call that US climate scientists and energy engineers should come to France.
Obama Responds To Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement
With former president Barack Obama’s climate legacy in tatters, moments ago the ex-president issued a scathing statement, slammed the Trump administration for “rejecting the future”, and that “in the absence of American leadership”, unlike the “steady, principled American leadership ” under Obama, the former president urged “states, cities, and businesses” to “step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”
“The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created,” Obama said. “I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack.”
Trump announced on Thursday that the U.S would leave the 195-nation agreement, his firmest rebuke yet of Obama-era environmental policies and the fulfillment of a key campaign promise.