Germany to Stick to Paris Climate Deal Amid US Withdrawal - Merkel
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 6:30
Of course, we're going to keep working with our suppliers to help them do more to power their businesses with clean energy.
President Trump made the announcement Thursday- saying the United States will be pulling out of the Paris climate accord because he feels it hurts the us while giving other countries an economic edge.
Ceres' CEO Lubber noted that, despite Trump's stated reasons of protecting the USA economy and jobs, some 30 CEOs from major US corporations sent Trump a letter, which was also posted in major newspapers, urging him to stand by the Paris Agreement.
"And they won't be", Trump said.
Trump said he doesn't want to sign a deal with countries that have cost the US trillions in tough trade practices.
In St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he "would not judge" the US president for quitting the Paris accord and calling for a constructive dialogue on efforts needed to curb global warming.
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He said that as a Brit who has watched the decline of the United Kingdom during over the decades, "I know once you start declining it is extremely hard to reverse that".
China's government, which even before Trump's decision had pledged to work with European states to recommit to the climate accord, called the US withdrawal a "global setback", according to state news agency Xinhua.
A USA withdrawal would deepen a rift with US allies and put the United States in the same league as Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the landmark 195-nation accord agreed upon in Paris in 2015. He complained in particular about China's terms under the agreement. Last month, President Xi Jinping hosted more than 20 world leaders for a show case of its economic initiative to build infrastructure linking Asia and Europe.
Merkel's remarks on June 2 added to a wave of worldwide condemnation of Trump's move, with USA allies and rivals alike decrying his decision.
May's office says she spoke to President Donald Trump after his announcement and "expressed her disappointment with the decision". China overtook the United States as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007. "No one country can stop action on climate change". Fiji, like many other small island nations, is seen as particularly vulnerable to global warming and a possible rise in ocean levels as a result of melting polar ice.
The Paris agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015 based on the results of the conference held in Paris.
The late-night host skewered POTUS by inserting an extra dressed as the devil into footage of Trump making his announcement at the White House Rose Garden. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", the Republican president said.
The mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, had a lot to say in response -a city with noted air pollution that's largely democratic- with a mayor who wants to go green and opposes Trump's decision.
"Canada is deeply disappointed at the United States position". "We will not renegotiate a less ambitious accord".
In New York, some major buildings, like the World Trade Center and City Hall, were lit green in solidarity with the climate agreement, echoing a move in Paris.
The UN chief said he was "deeply convinced" that U.S. "states, cities, the business community, the civil society will also remain engaged, will bet in the green economy". The White House said it would stick to United Nations rules for withdrawing from the pact. Those rules require a nation to wait three years from the date the pact gained legal force, November 4, 2016, before formally seeking to leave. "And then it would take a year to withdraw".
Two high-profile executives, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Robert Iger, promptly resigned from the President's 19-member business advisory over the decision. Climate change is real.
Trump said the Paris accord would undermine the US economy, cost U.S.jobs, weaken national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world. "It wasn't enough", he said. "Apparently these big companies ran the numbers and it turns out if climate change destroys human life on earth, it could be bad for business", Kimmel said. "Industry must now lead and not the government". "The question will be whether the next US president can rescue this", Steer of WRI said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell applauded Trump "for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama administration's assault on domestic energy production and jobs".
Democrats blasted the president's move. The United States accounts for more than 15 percent of total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, second only to China. It has overtaken the U.S.in transitioning to renewable energy, generating a fifth of its electricity from renewable sources.
Economists and energy industry analysts said the US withdrawal would result in closer cooperation between the European Union and China, potentially at the cost of jobs in the United States.
"Even if climate change does not exist, the saving of energy and the use of free raw materials such as sun and wind are an economic success story".