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"We are getting out, but we are starting to negotiate and we'll see if we can make a deal that's fair", Trump said at the White House.

Other countries, including India, signalled their commitment to the accord, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said that while the United States should have remained in the 2015 deal, he would not judge Trump, and warned about the accord's impact on jobs and poverty. Indeed, leading military experts, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, have warned that the impact of climate change will lead to more refugee flows, more starvation, more conflict, and more terrorism. Martin Wolf of the Financial Times has even written about sanctions as a response to USA withdrawal from the Paris agreement. He is a member of the business advisory group, known as the President's Strategic and Policy Forum. The main reasons to stay with the agreement are compelling, involving not only the habitability of Earth but also economic dynamism, US leadership, and USA credibility.

So this study concludes that the Paris agreement is not yet enough. (Although the cities cannot technically join the agreement as they're not members of the United Nations, they can informally agree to its guidelines.) According to a statement from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who serves as the chair of C40, an global coalition of mayors focused on climate action, the cities remain united in their goals.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "We are also ready to cooperate with global community members, including the United States, to push for low carbon generation globally". Of course, when the newly appointed Trump Administration declared their interest in withdrawing "for economic growth in America", the tech giant attempted to sway the decision.

"I've always said it's much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another, and I think our conversation proved this", she said afterward.

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive", Trump wrote in a November 2012 tweet.

Another chief executive who protested was General Electric boss Jeff Immelt, although he confined himself to a brief, diplomatic protest on Twitter.

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Greenpeace activists project President Trump's silhouette onto the side of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. A union spokesman said on Friday that Trumka intends to remain on the council to serve "as a voice for working people".

"In essence progressive states and companies could compensate for Trump". "The recent announcement by the U.S. administration on its withdrawal ... is regrettable". "In a very real sense, it was a transfer of wealth from the most powerful economy in the world to other countries around the planet", Pence said. "We're going to need more manufacturing in the United States just to deal with domestic consumption".

WHITE HOUSE: "According to a study by NERA Consulting, meeting the Obama administration's requirements in the Paris Accord would cost the US economy almost $3 trillion over the next several decades".

Putin, whose own spokesman said this week that Russian Federation attached great importance to the Paris accord, said he thought there was still time to work out a new deal.

Putin, speaking at an economic forum in Russian Federation, said that although he thinks it would have been better for the U.S.to try to change the agreement rather than leave it, he isn't rushing to condemn Trump for his decision.

And in fact, the USA should make aggressive commitments to fighting climate change - not only because it's the second largest emitter of carbon in the world, but also because the US along with Europe is historically most responsible for current levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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