Trudeau Team 'Disappointed' Over U.S. Exit From Paris Climate Accord

Ivan Schwartz
June 3, 2017

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement for climate change. "The U.S. should lead the global fight against climate change, not withdraw from it", the brand said in a statement.

With Trump seeking to renegotiate the climate accord, the prospects of which remain highly unclear, USA sub-national bodies have committed to sticking to the parameters of the Paris agreement.

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Baker and Scott last month urged Trump to continue the US commitment to the climate agreement.

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Despite the lofty objectives, when Trudeau signed the Paris accord he was widely criticized in Canada by environmentalists for selling out to an agreement that they said was far too lenient on greenhouse gas producers.

The Paris Climate Agreement is a pact among almost 200 nations to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to fight climate change.

Hours later German Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned reporters for an impromptu statement in which she called Trump's decision "extremely regrettable and that's putting it very mildly".

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto also vowed to follow the "guidelines" of the Paris Agreement, although he gave no specifics. "In November, we will have the responsibility of heading the work of the European Union at the United Nations climate conference, which will definitely be a challenge, but we are ready for it". "We encourage all actors in the USA working to tackle climate change to stand their ground, share the benefits of their work and to keep making their voices heard".

China, the world's biggest polluter, also expressed its continued commitment to the accord, which Mr Trump has said advantages countries such as China and India at the expense of the United States. He has previously called climate change a "hoax" and indicated he was leaving the agreement, saying it's a "bad deal" for the US economy.

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