Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump's withdrawal from the Paris agreement accomplishes nothing


France said it would work with USA states and cities - some of which have broken with Mr Trump's decisions - to keep up the fight against climate change.

Washington's exit "could trigger countries that are not sincerely committed to the agreement to withdraw, or some of its allies to follow suit under political pressure", warned Karine Hirn, partner and senior adviser at East Capital, an independent asset manager specializing in emerging markets.

Spokespeople for other extractive oil and mining groups, like the National Mining Association and the American Fuel & Petrochemicals Manufacturers, declined to comment on Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

But he said that the poorest nations, from Afghanistan to Zambia, had no plans to quit the Paris Agreement. Turning Mr Trump's slogan against him, continued that France would continue the fight to "Make our planet great again".

While China needs European Union technical know-how to reduce the pollution blighting its cities, the European Union is looking to Beijing to take action against emissions blamed for increased droughts, rising seas and other affects of climate change.

Trump mentioned Pittsburgh multiple times during his speech on Thursday saying, "I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris".

Although Trump did not name the source of the research, Reuters reported that he was referring to a study conducted by MIT in April 2016, titled 'How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?'.

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He said large investments are being made in traditional energy sources. "We have set 175 GW target", he said. We're going to grow rapidly", Trump said.

Theresa May has denied she is subservient to Donald Trump amid claims she did not protest enough about the United States leaving the Paris climate accord.

But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the U.S. and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments.

Despite this, a number of figures from United States industry expressed their dismay at Trump's move.

While former secretary of state John Kerry said the "big mistake" was a "self-destructive step that puts our nation last". It tweeted a link about German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's visit to Pittsburgh two weeks ago, in which the article said: "Here, the burning of coal and oil seems nothing less than prehistoric, and a return to the days before the Paris climate agreement is inconceivable".

Over in Paris, City Hall poignantly stood out bright green.

To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland.

"On the contrary. We in Germany, Europe and the world will combine our forces more resolutely than ever to address and successfully tackle challenges for humanity such as climate change".

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