As president, I cannot look at the well-being of American citizens any other way. The Paris climate agreement is simply the latest example of the Washington agreement that disadvantages the United States for the exclusive good of other countries and leaves American workers – whom I love – and taxpayers to absorb costs in the form of lost jobs, lower wages, closed factories and very low economic output. „The decision to leave the Paris agreement was wrong when it was announced, and it`s still wrong today,“ said Helen Mountford of the World Resources Institute. But without the United States, the balance between the parties that signed the Paris agreement shifts in China`s favor on key issues that have not yet been resolved. According to Michael Oppenheimer, a climatologist at Princeton University in New Jersey, China could resist demands for follow-up and detailed reports on how countries implement their policies and achieve their goals. „It doesn`t bode well for the effectiveness of the Paris agreement,“ he says. President Trump initially announced that he would withdraw from the pioneering agreement in 2017 and formally informed the United Nations last year. A mandatory one-year waiting period ends Wednesday, a coincidence that nevertheless underscores the Trump administration`s commitment to derailing efforts to combat climate change. „What Obama did at the end of his second term was fundamentally undemocratic to sign a Paris agreement without going to the Senate and Congress and doing it instead through an executive,“ said former U.N.
climate chief Yvo De Boer. Piers Forster, director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds, called the decision to withdraw „a sad day for evidence-based policy“ and expressed hope that some Americans, businesses and states would choose to decarbonize. Climate scientist Dave Reay, from the University of Edinburgh, said, „The United States is coming to the streets today.“ The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) said in a statement by its president Antonio Busalacchi Jr. that the decision to withdraw „does not mean that climate change will disappear“ and warned that „the increased potential for greenhouse gas emissions poses a significant threat to our communities, our businesses and the military.“ The Foundation for Information Technology and Innovation called the decision to withdraw „very disheartening“ and said it would reduce confidence in international efforts to combat climate change; The technology think tank called for federal efforts on „smart grid, energy storage, carbon capture and sequestration, as well as advanced nuclear and solar energy,“ and warned, „Without a smart and aggressive clean energy innovation strategy, the world will not avoid the worst consequences of climate change.“  Former President Bill Clinton wrote: „It is a mistake to say goodbye to the Treaty of Paris.