By Kevin Liptak and Jim Acosta, CNN.
CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) - President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord Thursday, a major step that fulfills a campaign promise while seriously dampening global efforts to curb global warming.
The decision amounts to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure Trump to remain a part of the agreement, which 195 nations signed onto. Foreign leaders, business executives and Trump's own daughter lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal, but ultimately lost out to conservatives who claim the plan is bad for the United States.
"In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but being negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction under terms that are fair to the United States," Trump said from the White House Rose Garden.
"We're getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we'll see if there's a better deal. If we can, great. If we can't, that's fine," he added.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement Thursday in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord:
“Entering into the Paris climate accord was not in America’s best interest and the previous administration should have never taken that action without seeking the Senate’s advice and consent. I commend President Trump for taking the appropriate steps to make a clean exit from it so we can continue to pursue an “all-of-the-above” approach to meeting our energy needs free of the significant litigation risk created by the agreement.Typical of Obama-era actions, the agreement picked winners and losers. China, an obvious winner, is allowed to operate without making any significant changes. Meanwhile, the U.S., which was expected to make up 21 percent of all emissions reductions while subsidizing the efforts of other countries, was clearly on the losing side.It is important to stress that a clean exit from the Paris climate accord will not take away the United States’ seat at the table in future discussions, nor will it detract from our efforts to pursue renewable energy solutions. We need to use everything our nation has been blessed with, including wind, solar, renewable biomass and hydropower to diversify our energy portfolio. Emissions-free nuclear must also play a big role. We will continue to make advancements in these areas and that will not stop once the nation withdraws from this agreement.”
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