June 1 (Reuters) - World leaders, Democratic members of Congress and others deplored U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on Thursday to pull out of the Paris climate accord, while supporters said the United States needed a more advantageous deal.
Following are reactions to Trump's announcement:
"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies." - Joint statement from Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron
"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership, even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future, Im confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way and help protect for future generations the one planet weve got." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama, who was in office when the accord took effect in November, in a statement
"Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world." - Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk, who had been on a White House advisory council, in a tweet
"That deal imposes little responsibility on the worlds largest emitters, while costing the U.S. economy $3 trillion in reduced output, 6 million industrial jobs and 3 million manufacturing jobs. That amount of economic carnage is unjustified and so we welcome this long overdue action in defense of the American people." - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement
"Trump is betraying the country, in the service of Breitbart fake news, the shameless fossil fuel industry, and the Koch brothers climate denial operation. Its sad." - Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment Committee, in a statement
"As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future ... Fact: Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement." - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in response to Trump saying: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."
"This was not a good deal for the United States. As the president said, weve been one of the leaders in reducing carbon, weve been reducing our emissions, weve been one of the best countries for the environment, and the president is committed to renegotiating the deal but a deal thats fair for us." - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a Fox News interview
"President Trump acted in Americas best interest, moving away from a flawed agreement ... and opening the door to a new agreement that reaches the right balance. America will remain a leader in environmental protection. But we will not jeopardize our economy in order to please other counties that dont come anywhere near our environmental standards." - Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in a statement
"President Trumps decision to withdraw from #ParisAgreement is a catastrophic mistake. We don't have time to bury our heads in the sand. zPOTUS is putting his friends in the fossil fuel industry ahead of the safety and security of American people and the future of our planet." - Democratic Senator Al Franken in a tweet
"Without question, America is a nation committed to environmental leadership ... But the Paris Climate Accord is another bad deal negotiated by the Obama administration and America should applaud President Trumps decision to exit." - Energy mogul-financier T. Boone Pickens
"Though flawed, the climate accord can be fixed ... It's now up to the administration to deliver a better deal." - Republican House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce in a statement
(Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by Peter Cooney)