Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

UK's May urged to take tougher line against Trump on climate

UK's May urged to take tougher line against Trump on climate

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged the world to work with Donald Trump on climate, insisting he did not "judge" the United States leader for quitting the landmark Paris accord.

Separately on Thursday, France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement that they regretted the USA decision to withdraw from the accord, while affirming their "strongest commitment" to implement its measures.

Earlier, Mr Corbyn condemned her failure to join forces with the three other European G7 members in writing a letter to Mr Trump protesting about the US's actions.

President Emmanuel Macron of France repeated that belief in an English-language speech from the presidential palace, unprecedented from a French president in an address at home.

However, the Russian leader also said any such deal must include the USA, echoing a Kremlin aide who said the deal is "unworkable" without US participation.

They also asserted that the USA could not unilaterally renegotiate the 2015 agreement-contrary to a suggestion made by Trump during his Thursday announcement.

User "kisschick" says: "Trump's ignorant and reckless decision to exist the Paris Climate agreement will give greater powers to our country over the next decade".

User "atspetro" said Trump had become "like a clown... with no credibility". He promised to do all he can to continue to forge a grand coalition to accelerate the momentum that has built since the Paris agreement.

"There is no reverse gear to the energy transition", said Juncker. California, New York and Washington together account for about 10 percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, Brown's office said. The decision has no direct impact on major USA regulations on power plants and vehicle rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well.

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Former President Vicente Fox Quesada, a longtime critic of Trump, said the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement amounts to a declaration of war on the planet.

Mr Trump announced the move in a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House, saying he had made the decision "in order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens".

"But there does remain broad support for the agreement internationally, and wind energy continues attracting major investments globally and in the US because it makes economic sense", he added. He said he would start a process that could last four years to withdraw from the deal, which has been signed by nearly every other nation on Earth.

Trump's decision making on Paris has being closely watched, internationally, given the head of steam that is now behind the deal.

South Africa called the USA pullout "an abdication of global responsibility". "In a very real sense, it was a transfer of wealth from the most powerful economy in the world to other countries around the planet", Pence said.

"The UK's position on the Paris agreement remains as it always has been", she said.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

The readout added: "He noted America's strong record in reducing emissions and leading the development of clean energy technology, and he reiterated that the United States under the Trump Administration, will be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on Earth".

Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out for the climate accord. Under Obama, the U.S. had been intending to contribute more than $3 billion to the fund.

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