Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Trump's Paris decision was as predictable as it is disappointing

Trump's Paris decision was as predictable as it is disappointing

"President Trump's courageous decision to exit the Paris Accord recognizes that the United States is not legally bound to an Obama-era agreement that set unrealistic emissions targets at the expense of billions of American taxpayer dollars without the approval of Congress", said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who joined nine other states in urging Trump to leave the agreement.

"So we're getting out but we'll start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair".

At his White House withdrawal announcement, Trump complained that the global agreement, signed by 197 countries during the previous Obama administration, was "unfair" to American workers that imposed "draconian" restrictions on the U.S. sovereignty and domestic economic activities.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a news conference that following the announcement from President Donald Trump, all remaining parties of the Paris Agreement had to "look to the future".

Without mentioning the US specifically, Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" and pointed out that his was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement. "I think there is a consensus, not only in the environmental community, but elsewhere that the Paris agreement in and of itself will have a negligible impact on climate", the official told reporters at a briefing. Trump also attacked neighbouring China, claiming the deal allows it to increase its carbon emissions for the next 13 years.

Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it.

Merkel, whose country hosts this year's global climate summit, said Trump's decision was "extremely regrettable and that's putting it very mildly".

The World Meteorological Organization sought to quantify Trump's decision, estimating that USA withdrawal from the emissions-cutting accord could add 0.3 degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in a worst-case scenario.

Even as the USA pulled out of the climate agreement, India and China both reaffirmed their pledge towards the accord.

But ripping up the Paris Climate Accord is the single most malicious act of his presidency so far.

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" The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over", she told the rally in Munich. Merkel said "India with its 1.25 billion people is a partner. and of highest importance".

But Trump's action in the name of "America first" is as short-sighted as it will be short-lived. Government officials in several major European capitals said the USA withdrawal from the 2015 agreement would further strain a Western alliance they worry is unraveling.

Jeff Immelt, chief executive officer of US conglomerate General Electric, tweeted: "Climate change is real".

Within hours, Tesla CEO Elon Musk followed up on his promise to depart the president's advisory team if we withdrew.

The meeting will end with a joint statement pledging full implementation of the Paris deal, committing China and the European Union to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries reduce their high-polluting emissions. He's said California's economy is proof that combating climate change isn't the economic deadweight Trump suggests.

Trump's decision sent shockwaves among governments and climate change activists around the world.

The Paris Agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events.

The main goal of the Paris deal was to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (or, aspirationally, even 1.5 degrees).

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he remained committed to working with other world cities to tackle emissions.

Obama's office released the statement in the middle of Trump's Rose Garden announcement that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the landmark climate pact.

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