28 people had this to say about Trump's climate decision

Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate deal on Thursday night came as a shock to the public and was one which did not go down well in many quarters. "We believe that the momentum created in Paris in December 2015 is irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, businesses and economies", the French, German and Italian authorities said in their joint statement.

Seven out of 10 Americans support remaining in the agreement, according to a national poll conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Communication after the election.

John Sterman, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and senior adviser at Climate Interactive told Business Insider leaving the Paris Agreement will create uncertainty in the economy about the future of fossil fuels and renewable-energy resources.

"Today, the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump's careless decision", he wrote on his strongly worded opinion of the executive choice, featuring an image of the White House.

Paris, Berlin, Rome, London and Brussels have said they regret Trump's decision that they consider "an error" and even a "grave mistake".

The media mogul and former New York City mayor also pledged $15 million to the United Nations' efforts against climate change on Thursday.

During Trump's speech Thursday, he claimed that US contributions to the Green Climate Fund - a pool of money the United Nations uses to help countries implement clean energy tech - and other environmental initiatives have placed a "draconian" burden on the United States. "It will require making real progress over the next four years outside of the federal government and then taking back power in 2020 with a President who's deeply committed to a truly ambitious plan to combat climate change", he said.

This is in stark contrast to Trump's desire to expand coal use in the U.S., however, it is thought that the ongoing advance of renewable energy and storage systems globally means that market pressures will make this hard for the president.

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"In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord", President Donald Trump said in a statement.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson downplayed the significance of the US pullout from the Paris climate pact saying that the USA has a "terrific record" of reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions.

It's unclear if the president has changed his position on climate change, with many of his aides insisting this week that they do not know their boss' position on a key issue that's at the heart of a deal the administration wants to exit.

Britain also distanced itself from the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris agreement. But nevertheless, Musk (and several other tech tycoons, we'll get to them) said that they can only make a change by sitting at the table.

Trump also suggested that the Paris Agreement would lead to only a minuscule reduction in global temperature.

The makeup of the energy business "isn't determined by the White House", Henn said.

It is an agreement within the UNFCCC dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

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