- Title: Los Angeles residents voice support and dismay after Trump Paris climate decision
- Date: 1st June 2017
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 1, 2017) (REUTERS) DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES SKYLINE VARIOUS OF PEDESTRIANS WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATALIE GONZALEZ, 25, FROM LOS ANGELES, SAYING: "It's absolutely atrocious. I mean, bottom line, we're not just Americans, we're part of this planet and we share it all together and what we do here impacts everyone across the world. We're top emitters of greenhouse pollutants and we have a duty to the people in our country and the people everywhere else to do all that we can to reduce those impacts. I'm not surprised by this at all, I knew it was coming but it doesn't make me any less disappointed or angry. I just hope people don't see it as an excuse not to try in their everyday life to do what they can to, you know, reduce their own impact on the environment." MORE OF PEOPLE WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) JORGE FUENTES, 31, A TOURIST FROM MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, SAYING: "It's terrible, we're being, principally the U.S. as the biggest country in the world, it should set the example, not the other way around, so I think it's pretty bad." PEOPLE WALKING PEOPLE EATING AT OUTDOOR TABLES (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOUG HANSON, 58, FROM LOS ANGELES, SAYING: "I mean, clearly he's out of touch. I mean, there's a lot of evidence, scientists and everyone else all over the world and so, I think, for somebody to undo something that quickly, it seems like more of a personal, kind of, issue rather than really doing it thoughtfully." (SOUNDBITE) (English) JODI AVALOS, 35, FROM LOS ANGELES, SAYING: "It's a little frightening, it's scary. I have really young family members, nephews, I plan on having kids myself and the repercussions of this for the future generations is really frightening." MARTY MCKENNA, 19, FROM LOS ANGELES, EATING AT OUTDOOR TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARTY MCKENNA, 19, FROM LOS ANGELES, SAYING: "Now that he's making a decision, he's following through. Was Obama making so much progress, I don't know. But I think I'm happy that, I mean, he's bringing more jobs to America. In the end, I think everyone's going to be happy with it." STREET SIGN STREET SCENE
- Embargoed: 16th June 2017 00:07
- Keywords: President Donald Trump accord agreement Paris climate change
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JL2O93
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: President Donald Trump on Thursday (June 1) said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, fulfilling a major campaign pledge.
In downtown Los Angeles, many voiced dismay over Trump's move.
"We're not just Americans, we're part of this planet and we share it altogether and what we do here impacts everyone across the world," said Natalie Gonzalez, 25.
"It's a little frightening, it's scary. I have really young family members, nephews, I plan on having kids myself and the repercussions of this for the future generations is really frightening," said Jodi Avalos, 35.
With Trump's action, the United States will walk away from nearly every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century. The pullout will align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the accord.
Marty McKenny, 19, backed Trump's decision.
"I'm happy that he's bringing more jobs to America. In the end, I think everyone's going to be happy with it," he said.
Under the pact, which was years in the making, nations both rich and poor committed to reducing emissions of so-called greenhouse gases generated by burning fossils fuels and blamed by scientists for warming the planet.
Trump said the United States would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement.
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