China Says Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal is Global Setback

Cesar Mills
June 2, 2017

"We're getting out but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair", he said.

Trudeau also conveyed his intention to continue working with global partners to address climate change.

During the phone calls, Trump reiterated that the U.S. will be the "cleanest and most environmentally-friendly country".

Meanwhile, General Motors said its CEO Mary Barra would remain on the presidential advisory panel, adding that her participation "provides GM a seat at an important table to contribute to a constructive dialogue about key policy issues".

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", said a joint statement signed by German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron, and Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni. It sets out a long-term emissions reduction goal of keeping the global temperature increase well below 2°C, while pursuing efforts to limit the rise to 1.5°C.

In a phone call with the U.S. president shortly after his White House announcement, Mrs May expressed her "disappointment" at the move and stressed the United Kingdom remains committed to the landmark 2015 agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions. It was finally ratified on November 4, 2016.

Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple said in an internal email that he had previously tried to persuade President Trump to keep the United States in the agreement.

"They don't put America first", he said.

This was met with dismay from several leaders of USA industry, countries, the United Nations and the Catholic Church, among others.

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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Currently, the United States has committed to reducing carbon emissions between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russian Federation among the world's industrialized economies.

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Under its climate action plan, the United States had pledged merely 26-28 per cent emission reduction below 2005 levels by 2025.

Some other groups expressed measured support for Trump's decision, saying it provided an opportunity to fix problems with the deal.

Given that it is the most powerful country in the world, it is a credible approach for the United States and one that, in certain circumstances, could even deliver immediate gains in the short-term.

"The Paris Accord gives the United States a global platform to be a leading voice on worldwide issues impacting our economy, security, and the environment".

In protest, NY governor Andrew Cuomo, California governor Jerry Brown and Washington governor Jay Inslee immediately announced the formation of a USA state alliance which is "committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change".

He added that climate action has tremendous "win-win" potential for all nations, including India. That country must then wait another year. "It is good for jobs - the jobs of the future", Brown said.

Democratic governors aren't the only politicians vowing to counter Trump's Paris pact decision. For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging.

"There is no reverse gear to the energy transition".

Republican congresswoman for Eastern Washington, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, said in a statement that she agrees with the decision to withdraw.

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