President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord is receiving mixed reaction from around the world.
While many world leaders and Democrats expressed outrage and disappointment, some Republicans say it will only help American workers and the U.S. economy.
The reaction from many U.S. politicians, world leaders and Hollywood elites, almost seemed like the president’s decision would lead to the end of the world.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called it “…a huge mistake and future generations will look back on this day as one of the worst things that has happened in the 21st century.”
And Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass., said “The rest of the world no longer respects the U.S. This is the biggest issue in the world to most of the countries who have signed this agreement. They expect the U.S. to be the leader, not the laggart.”
The leaders of France, Germany and Italy say they won’t renegotiate the accord. Picking up on Trump’s campaign theme, French president Emmanuel Macron spoke in English to say his country and nearly 200 others are still committed to the Paris climate agreement.
“Make our planet great again!” he exclaimed.
Here in the U.S. so far, 10 governors and more than 60 mayors say they plan to honor and uphold the commitments made in the 2015 Paris accord.
Still, President Trump insists the industry restrictions mandated by the climate accord would harm American workers and businesses by making them less competitive in global markets.
During his presidential campaign, Trump called climate change a money-making hoax, and the Paris accord an agreement designed to harm America through a massive redistribution of wealth.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said.
Many Republicans on Capitol Hill were supportive of the U.S. pull-out.
Among them was House Speaker Paul Ryan who praised the presidential action.
“The Paris climate agreement was simply a raw deal for America. Signed by President Obama without Senate ratification, it would have driven up the cost of energy, hitting middle-class and low-income Americans the hardest,” Ryan said.
And from the coal state of Kentucky, Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted:
“This action by Donald Trump is great news for the economy and could save as many as 6 million U.S. jobs.”
Retired coal miner from West Virginia, Kenney Smith said it was a big day for coal.
“He’s keeping his promise that he’s going to help get the coal jobs back, help people get back to work, and that’s what we need, anywhere in this country,” Smith said. “You can go to Detroit, you can go to Pennsylvania you can go to West Virginia, there’s people that have been laid off for years, they’re just forgotten.”
And that may be at the heart of the president’s decision, and what many global leaders and corporate CEO’s like Tesla’s Elon Musk don’t seem to understand.