EU, China to unite on global warming after Trump withdrawal

Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement has left most world leaders with their heads in hands.

Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who made climate change a pillar of his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, decried Trump's action as "an abdication of American leadership and an worldwide disgrace".

Trump's withdrawal from the accord was not just a blow to one of Obama's signature achievements, but to an issue routinely dubbed by the Obama administration as the greatest threat to U.S. national security and future generations across the globe.

China and the EU are sending the world a signal there can be "no backsliding" on the Paris climate pact, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday after the U.S. pullout from the landmark deal.

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

European leaders say that isn't possible. "This decision will hurt the US and the planet".

The increase in USA production is neutralizing the efforts of the OPEC cartel and other major oil-producing nations, like Russian Federation, to support prices by limiting their output.

The leaders of France, Italy and Germany indicated in a joint statement that the USA could not unilaterally renegotiate the agreement.

He added: "Fighting climate change is a global consensus, it's not invented by China. and we realize that this is a global consensus agreement and that as a big developing nation we should shoulder our worldwide responsibility".

It's a bitter blow to stalwart European partners who launched an aggressive campaign to convince Trump that American leadership is central to combating climate change.

Trump said the Paris deal imposed "draconian" burdens costing millions of USA jobs and billions of dollars.

The massive infrastructure plan involves ports, railways, roads, industrial parks and power plants spanning some 65 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.

"Pope Francis called on the world's leaders to come together to protect the gift of our common home".

Of China, Ladislaw said: "I just don't know how they can single-handedly show enough leadership to do that".

Many experts had warned before the USA elections that Trump will ensure the world becomes more vulnerable to Russian interference.

The U.S. had pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025 as part of the non-binding deal.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said "China as a responsible major country would uphold the pact".

Declaring that "the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States", President Trump said, "Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions; it fails to live up to our environmental ideals". The use of solar energy and wind power is also growing in the USA and "no one can fight technological change", Helgesen told NRK, "not Trump either".

When host Anderson Cooper asked him whether he has a message for the President, the mayor said: "What you did was not only bad for the economy of this country, but also weakened America in this world".

"The United State under Trump will continue to be the cleanest and the most environment-friendly country on the planet".

Rather it's more likely that they may seek to impose carbon-related tariffs on US goods if these are deemed to be enjoying an unfair advantage because they are produced in an economy free of carbon restraints.

  • Zachary Reyes