'The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in job and industries created,' Obama said. 'I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack.'
'But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we got,' he added.
The former president was joined by celebrities and fellow politicians, including his former rival, the 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, in condemnation of the decision, which Trump made Thursday from the White House Rose Garden.
President Obama sent out a statement Thursday shortly after President Trump announced he was leaving the Paris Agreement on climate change
Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney was one prominent Republican voice who advised President Trump not to ditch the Paris Agreement
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk followed up with the threat he made Wednesday by saying he would, indeed, leave the White House councils he serves on
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio cautioned Trump not to pull out of the Paris Agreement saying he should make the 'moral decision' to stay in
President Trump announced Thursday afternoon in the White House Rose Garden that he would be exiting the Paris Agreement, which President Obama signed on to
Disney's CEO Robert Iger followed the lead of Tesla's CEO Elon Musk by walking away from the president's business advisory council
'Affirmation of the #ParisAgreement is not only about the climate: It is also about America remaining the global leader,' Romney tweeted Wednesday evening as it looked more and more likely that Trump was going to pull out.
After threatening Wednesday to quit the White House councils he serves on over a Paris exit, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that he was done with Trump.
'Am departing presidential councils,' he wrote. 'Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.'
Hours later, Disney CEO Bob Iger made the same announcement.
'As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal,' Iger tweeted.
Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright applauded Musk's decision tweeting, 'quick poll, America. Who do u go to for insight on science, e.g. climate change/#ParisAgreement? Elon Musk? A guy who scotch tapes his ties?' he wrote, posting side by side photos of Musk and Trump.
Actor and climate activist Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted at the president mid-day Thursday saying, 'I hope you'll make the moral decision today to protect future generations,' he wrote, using the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #ClimateChange.
Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright tweeted his support of Elon Musk's decision to stop serving on White House councils to punish President Trump for backing away from the Paris accord
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Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican who represents part of coal country in Kentucky, was happy that President Trump pulled out
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, another Kentucky Republican, also applauded the decision because it countered what he called 'Obama's war on coal'
But at the White House Thursday Trump trumpeted the unfairness of the deal and said his decision to leave the accord was a campaign promise he wanted to make good on for his base.
'The Paris Agreement handicaps the United States economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country's expense,' Trump said.
'They don't put America first. I do and I always will,' he added.
Republicans, especially those whose states represent coal companies, cheered what Trump had to say.
'This action by @RealDonaldTrump is great news for the economy and could save as many as 6 million U.S. jobs,' tweeted Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the other Kentucky Republican, agreed, calling the move a 'significant blow to Obama's war on coal.'
However, many leaders – especially Democrats – didn't find that to be the case.
'What President Trump did today by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord is an international disgrace,' said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former Democratic presidential hopeful.
'Trump alienates allies, walks away from #ParisAgreement & sabotages health care, added Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate last fall. 'His presidency is all destruction and no accomplishments.'
Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted soon after President Trump's announcement to leave the Paris climate deal that the Republican's move was an 'international disgrace'
Sen. Tim Kaine, who ran for vice president last year on Hillary Clinton's ticket, saw today's announcement as part of a broader problem with President Trump
Former Vice President Al Gore, whose Academy Award-winning climate change documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth,' warned Americans for years of the dangers of global warming, wagged his finger at the decision, but also instilled a sense of hope.
'Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermine America's standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity's ability to solve the climate crisis in time,' Gore said in a statement.
'But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will,' Gore continued. 'Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge.'
'We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop,' Gore added. 'President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.'
Former Vice President Joe Biden made his voice heard Wednesday night, saying the Paris Agreement was the best way to 'protect our child & global leadership'
Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, mentioned his three grandchildren in tweets about President Trump's threat to pull out of the accord, which Trump made good on Thursday
Obama's vice president, Joe Biden, had tweeted his support of the Paris Agreement Wednesday night.
'Climate change is an existential threat to our future – staying in #ParisAgreement is the best way to protect our children & global leadership,' Biden said.
On Thursday afternoon he added, 'We're already feeling impacts of climate change. Exiting #ParisAgreement imperils US security and our ability to own the clean energy future.'
Sen. Al Franken's three grandchildren – Joe, Jacob and Avery – were at the top of his mind when he argued that the U.S. should stay in.
'I want my grandkids to know that when we faced threat of climate change and had the chance to put earth on a safer path, we didn’t blow it,' Franken tweeted. 'If @POTUS backs out of #ParisAgreement, he’s not simply ignoring scientific consensus—he’s putting our children and grandchildren at risk.
After the decision was announced, Franken took to Twitter again to call the decision a 'catastrophic mistake.'
'We don't have time to bury our heads in the sand,' Franken said.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who served under Obama, blasted Trump's choice too.
President Obama's White House photographer Pete Souza bemoaned President Trump's decision to back away from the climate agreement
Germany's Der Spiegel magazine used imagery of President Trump chowing down on planet Earth to illustrate Thursday's decision
Star Trek actor George Takei made a crude sex joke when reacting to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement
The Sierra Club sent out a cheeky tweet about Steve Bannon in the aftermath of President Trump's decision to walk away from the Paris climate agreement
'There is only one reason to instead make this choice: an ignorant, cynical appeal to an anti-science, special-interest faction far outside the mainstream,' Kerry said. 'That is no basis for a decision that will affect billions of lives.'
Even President Obama's White House photographer chimed in.
'Dear children: you got screwed today. Sorry, we messed up a few months ago. -The adults,' Pete Souza wrote.
In his statement to constituents, California Gov. Jerry Brown called the decision 'insane.'
'Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He's wrong on the facts. America's economy is boosted by following the Paris Agreement. He's wrong on the science. Totally wrong,' Brown said.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein used his first ever tweet to diss President Trump's decision, despite many Goldman Sachs alumni working for the administration
'California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle,' Brown added.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state, along with California and Washington, was committed to reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent from the 2005 levels, what the U.S. had etched out in the deal.
Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, used his first ever tweet to diss the decision.
'Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement,' he wrote.
Blankfein's tweet surprised the Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn who are arguing the White House's position from 1600 Pennsylvania's front lawn.
'I didn't know he tweeted, first of all, that's interesting news, said Cohn, who formerly served as Blankfein's No. 2.
Hollywood was none-too-pleased with the news with DiCaprio dashing off a follow-up tweet.
'Today, our planet suffered. It's more important than ever to take action,' the Titanic star tweeted.
Star Trek alum George Takei made a crude sex joke about the president.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio dashed off a follow-up tweet after hearing that President Trump announced he would pull out of the deal
Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a photograph of the planet he took from the international space station reminding President Trump that 'Paris and Pittsburgh share the same environment'
Democratic Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said that his city, which President Trump referenced twice in his remarks, would be following the guidelines of the Paris Agreement
'Trump is having the U.S. pull out of the Paris Climate Accord,' Takei tweeted. 'Too bad someone didn't tell his father that he shoulda pulled out, too.'
The Sierra Club's tweet simply said: Congratulations President Bannon.'
German newsweekly Der Spiegel tweeted out its cover illustration featuring a giant Trump head gobbling up the earth.
'America First! Earth Last!' it blasted.
Astronaut Scott Kelly posted a photo he took of the planet from the international space station to make his point.
'Withdrawing from the #ParisAgreement will be devastating to our planet,' Kelly tweeted. 'Paris and Pittsburgh share the same environment after all.'
At the White House, Trump had told the crowd, 'I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.'
The city of Pittsburgh voted for Hillary Clinton.
Sitting on three major rivers, it's also prone to floods.
'As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future,' promised Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in a tweet Thursday.
OBAMA'S FURY AT TRUMP MOVE
Obama issued a statement while the president was still speaking, saying:
A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children.
It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible. It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well.
Speaking out: Obama has made a series of foreign trips, all of them on private jets, and used Trump's Rose Garden announcement to explicitly attack the new president
And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America’s private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar – industries that created some of the fastest new streams of goodpaying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history.
Simply put, the private sector already chose a low-carbon future. And for the nations that committed themselves to that future, the Paris Agreement opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale.
The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack.
But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.
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