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

France, Italy, Germany defend Paris Accord, say can not be renegotiated


PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday categorically ruled out any renegotiation of the Paris climate accord and said U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw would harm American interests and citizens.

Trump says the deal, a landmark 190-nation climate agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions to slow climate change, "disadvantages" the US and is causing lost jobs and lower wages.

Speaking at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Trump said he was withdrawing the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement, a move that would have profound effects on the planet and deepen a rift with American allies. But it also undermines world efforts to combat global warming.

In the end, the US government will damage its own economy by supporting the illusion that climate change can be ignored, Altmaier added.

"We must also aim to collaborate with other nations in drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions", added Jayapal.

"Climate change is one of the major issues of our time".

He knows just how much painstaking work went into the historic accord - and what's at risk now that the U.S.is leaving it.

"Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100", Trump said. "There are millions of us still committed to #ActOnClimate", Rep.

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Meanwhile, General Motors, the No. 1 USA automaker, said it would continue its commitment to "creating a better environment". While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it. "Many trade deals will soon be under re-negotiation".

He said the deal gives advantages to countries like India and China.

Nicaraguan lead envoy Paul Oquist called the Paris agreement "a path to failure" that lets big polluters off the hook when speaking to Climate Home on the sidelines of the 2015 talks.

"We will step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals", the three leaders said.

Fellow Republican, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, has lashed out at President Donald Trump for pulling out the US out of Paris Climate deal on Friday.

The nations dismissed US President Donald Trump's suggestion of revising the global pact, hours after he chose to leave the accord.

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said abandoning the commitments we made in the Paris Climate Agreement is a massive self-inflicted wound to the environment, America's global influence, and its economy.

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