Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Corbyn attacks May's 'subservience' to Trump amid United States climate accord snub

Corbyn attacks May's 'subservience' to Trump amid United States climate accord snub

"Industry must now lead and not depend on government".

Abandoning the landmark agreement is likely to have far-reaching consequences, ranging from more planet-warming emissions of carbon to the loss of U.S. leadership on environmental issues.

The critics noted that an RGGI report past year said that the nine states in that regional pact had reduced emissions by 16 percent more than other states, while the region's economy grew 3.6 percent more than in the rest of the country.

Buildings in the U.S. and in other countries lit up bright green Thursday night in support of the Paris climate accord.

"Leaving the Paris Agreement is an abandonment of USA global leadership".

China "will stand by its responsibilities on climate change", standing alongside the European Union as a bulwark of responsibility in a world buffeted by a White House vacillating on the most pressing issues, Mr. Li said during a visit to Berlin.

Hundreds of companies had lobbied the Trump administration to remain in the agreement. "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I can not in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States".

- The German, French and Italian political leadership have issued a joint statement saying they "regret" the decision made by the U.S. president.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", he said.

The United States under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama pledged to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

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The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Friday dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's call to renegotiate a landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change.

Trump's withdrawal process is arduous and will take years to be accomplished, "creating an opening for him to reverse course and injecting it as an issue in the next presidential election", according to Bloomberg.

Virtually every nation voluntarily committed to steps aimed at curbing global emissions of "greenhouse" gases such as carbon dioxide generated from burning of fossil fuels.

And that's why it is foolish for Trump to try to go it alone on climate change.

Leading climate scientists say the emissions trap heat in the atmosphere and have caused a warming planet, sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.

But the better trade deals Trump says he wants to pursue will require winning the trust of bruised foreign leaders-and may include clauses on environmental regulation.

Trump's "America First" mantra, underscored by his condemnation of both Bush's wars and Obama's diplomacy, has signaled a new strain of isolationism. China and the United States are responsible for some 40 percent of the world's emissions and experts had warned it was vital for both to remain in the Paris agreement if it is to succeed. For example, limiting the amount of coal consumed by North American power plants would not necessarily reduce the amount of coal consumed on Earth - and climate change is, famously, a planetary issue - but would instead most likely result in shifting coal consumption from relatively clean North American facilities to relatively dirty ones in China - the USA already is a net exporter of coal, and China is the world's largest importer of it.

Oil majors Shell and ExxonMobil Corp supported the Paris pact.

Trump's record of holding to those promises is mixed: He moved swiftly to withdraw from the sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact the Obama administration negotiated, but has signaled to other nations that he plans to stay in the nuclear deal so long as Iran lives up to its obligations.

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