Paris deal withdrawal shows U.S. irresponsibility vis-à-vis intl. community: Iran

Pauline Gross
June 4, 2017

The Paris Agreement, spearheaded by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and signed by 195 countries in April 2016, aims to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions and limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement can not be renegotiated", said a statement issued by leaders of France, Germany and Italy shortly after Trump's speech. "And if we can't, that's fine".

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tried on Friday to defend President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement by selectively quoting from "the environmental left", which at times criticized the deal for not going far enough. "American leadership was so important to this".

Bloomberg Philanthropies said Friday it will pull together $15 million to "support the operations" of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change, the arm of the UN that coordinates the Paris pact.

Trump's announcement sent the issue of climate change - and May's attempts to bolster the trans-Atlantic "special relationship" with the US - to the top of the agenda Friday in campaigning for Britain's June 8 election.

However, the rest of the signatories pledged to defend the agreement and not to backtrack in the fight against climate change. -German economic ties. About 600,000 people in the US work for German companies such as chemical maker BASF, drug company Bayer and mobile phone provider T-Mobile USA. "It is time to make America great again".

"I don't think it particularly weakens him", Neumann said, though he suggested a lack of clarity over the role the administration intends to play internationally could still be problematic for Tillerson's diplomatic efforts. "There is no way", Macron said.

Japan's foreign ministry said the Trump administration decision "is regrettable", while Japanese environment minister Koichi Yamamoto said: "It's as if they've turned their back on the wisdom of humanity".

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Pence highlighted the President's commitment to renegotiate the deal.

She described Trump's move as completely unscientific and uncalculated.

"Unfortunately, the first to suffer from this injudicious decision is the American people", the group, an alliance of climate activists, said.

Some coal companies like Cloud Peak Energy and Peabody Energy have even argued for remaining in the Paris agreement.

UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim joined other experts and analysts as saying that the U.S. withdrawal will put India and China in leadership positions in the global fight to combat climate change.

"The Paris Agreement will endure". - Rose Garden ceremony Thursday announcing US withdrawal from the worldwide agreement to curb emissions responsible for global warming.

The World Meteorological Organization estimated that US 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.

"Climate changes have caused big global challenges and combating the horrific consequences of them requires complete and honest cooperation of all countries, particularly industrialized governments", he added.

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