"He's stayed where he's always been, and not for a lack of trying by those who have an opposite opinion", Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to the President, toldWashington Post. The United States, now the world's second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases but historically the worst offender, will not contribute to the effort to battle global warming.
Numerous nation's biggest companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, opposed the move.
Quebec's Environment Minister David Heurtel agreed, saying the Paris Accord will not die simply because of one country pulling out.
WASHINGTON: Environment chief Erik Solheim says the decision by President Donald Trump to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord "in no way brings an end to this unstoppable effort". The Parisclimate deal represents a moral solution to the emerging challenges posed by gross overexploitation of the planet's resources in the past.
However, their reaction was in stark contrast with that of a number of major companies, which strongly criticised Trump's decision.
India making billions for signing Paris deal
There is no backsliding on the Paris Agreement", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, also disagreed with Trump's decision.
On Thursday, Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the United States out of the ParisClimate Accords of 2015, a global agreement (undertaken by every nation except Nicaragua and Syria) to fight climate change.
The U.S. set a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 1.6 billion tons of annual emissions by 2025, which would bring the U.S.to approximately 27 percent below 2005 levels.
Merkel embraced the actions of companies and US states determined to carry out plans to safeguard the environment.
The UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim joined other experts and analysts in saying that the United States withdrawal will put India and China in leadership positions in the global fight to combat climate change. Indeed, the resolve of the 190-some countries that signed onto it is more steely than ever. Germany is the driving force behind the Europe Union's economy, one of the world's biggest with more than 500 million people.