United States President, Donald Trump has announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, a major step that fulfills his campaign promises while seriously dampening global efforts to curb global warming.
The decision amounts to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure President Trump to remain a part of the agreement, which 195 nations signed onto.
Foreign leaders, business executives and Mr Trump’s own daughter lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal, but ultimately lost out to conservatives who claim the plan is bad for the United States.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but being negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden. “We’re getting out.”