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Furious Liberals Unload After Trump Pulls Out Of Paris Climate Deal

A barrage of angry social media posts followed the president's decision to pull out of the climate change agreement

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Jun 01, 2017 at 6:02 PM ET

President Donald Trump announced that the United States will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord in a celebratory ceremony in the Rose Garden on Thursday, ending months of speculation and reported jousting between White House factions.

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord,” Trump said. “So we’re getting out.” The 2015 agreement is the most ambitious international pact in history to combat global warming — and the reaction by many was swift and furious.

Barack Obama released a statement criticizing the decision to exit the agreement, which was signed by 195 countries during his presidency, saying he hopes the rest of the world continues to fight global warming “even in the absence of American leadership.” Tesla’s Elon Musk tweeted that he will follow through with his threat to leave Trump’s advisory councils. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria called Thursday “the day that the United States resigned as the leader of the free world.”

But, the true fury erupted on social media, where liberals (and some conservatives) were quick to lambast the decision. Phrases and hashtags connected to the Paris Accord dominated Twitter, with mostly negative (and some mocking) commentary.

The Paris Climate Accord was agreed upon in December of 2015 and went into effect just before the 2016 election. It lays out an ambitious plan to gradually reduce manmade greenhouse gas emissions to zero over 40 years, through a reduction in fossil fuel use and reforestation. Ultimately, the agreement seeks hold the increase in global average temperature to “well bellow” two degrees Celsius.

Environmentalists lauded the agreement as a historic step toward curbing climate change, but its supporters formed an unlikely coalition. Along with Democrats, many business executives and some Republicans supported the measure. The president’s daughter Ivanka and his secretary of state — former oil company chief Rex Tillerson — also both reportedly urged Trump to stay in the agreement.