She said, "In Hawaiʻi we understand why it's important to take care of our land, ocean, and air - our way of life depends on it". Almost 200 countries joined the landmark deal forged under Trump's predecessor. And he signed off his tweet announcing that he had made a decision on the Paris accord with the words, "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
It's possible that other countries could find a way to compensate for the US withdrawal - or even that a future USA administration would reverse Trump's action soon enough to avert a lot of climate damage.
Even before the Trump administration's retreat, those efforts were falling far short.
"Climate change is already harming the Pacific with more intense cyclones, rising seas, and a warming ocean that threatens fish stocks".
The last 48 hours have been some of the most chaotic for the President of the United States, but now, he has lost one of his most trusted advisors.
But Mr Trump didn't seem all that committed to opening up a new round of talks, saying of getting a deal, "if we can, that's great". "Also guilty are his so-called "closest allies" in our own Tory government, who have failed to raise even the quietest peep in protest".
Trump did little to quell those concerns Thursday.
Trump cited a slew of statistics from a study that was funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Council for Capital Formation, foes of the Paris accord. They held signs and chanted, "What do we want?"
"I am fully supportive of the President's decision to withdraw", he said in an email.
Environmentalists, meanwhile, warn that leaving the agreement will create a drag on the U.S. economy, costing the country investment in clean energy and related industries.
His proposal to open negotiations for a new or updated deal was quickly rebuffed by France, Italy and Germany, leaving America out in the diplomatic cold.
"President Trump's decision is disastrous for our planet, for cities such as Pittsburgh, to the commitments the United States made to the rest of the world, and to our responsibility to save the globe for future generations".
Q. What does this mean for climate change?
One possibility is that, with the world's second-largest emitter pulling out, other countries may feel less pressure to step up their own plans to curb greenhouse gases.
Still, Bush made the broad and public case for US leadership in global cooperation, even as his policies in Iraq and Afghanistan frayed some American alliances. What U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence seek to tear down, Mr. Xi and Mr. Li will seek to protect. Paris withdrawal leaves American workers & families behind.
For supporters of Trump's decision, the effect of US withdrawal is often believed to be exaggerated since the United States has already replaced coal with natural gas and other renewable energy sources.
"It's better Trump is outside the agreement rather than pulling it down from the inside", added Mohamed Adow of Christian Aid, which lobbies for poor country interests at the two-decade-old United Nations climate negotiations. It will take the United States likely until 2020 to withdraw from the deal.
Dayton was one of 12 governors who beseeched Trump in a letter to not pull out of the Paris Accord, which called for the United States to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025.
"There was always some doubt as to whether the USA could meet its target for emissions reduction established by the Paris Agreement", Michael Swaine, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Xinhua via email.
Germany's powerful vehicle industry said Europe would need to reassess its environmental standards to remain competitive after the "regrettable" USA decision.
With France's Emmanuel Macron taking the lead, they lashed Trump's decision as misguided and vowed to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet's future.
However, the Trump administration underestimated the fallout of its controversial move, US experts told Xinhua. Effectively, Trump's move is aimed primarily at appeasing his core constituency of poorly-educated, low-skilled, blue collar workers who Bannon believes were responsible for putting him in the White House.