Merkel delivers furious response to Trump over climate decision

European Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete told reporters in Brussels he deeply regretted the USA pullout from the pact to fight the dangers of global warming, which was signed by more than 190 countries, and said it could not be renegotiated as Trump has suggested [B5N1G8011].

"I can not, in good conscience, support a deal that punishes the United States", he said, decrying the "draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country".

A meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top EU officials will end with a joint statement, backed by all 28 EU states, committing the European Union and China to full implementation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The New York Times has gone in hard on Trump's move, publishing streams of articles in response the announcement.

Germany's environment minister underscored that Friday, saying "there will be no new deal with the United States" on climate change.

His tweet has been shared almost 200,000 times.

It added that the U.S. decision was leading to a shift in global geopolitics with China and the European Union already positioning themselves to take the lead in climate action.

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

In telephone calls with Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May also both expressed their disappointment with the decision. Speaking to reporters on Thursday before Trump's decision was announced, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".

It also adds that the agreement "front loads costs on American people" and that Mr Trump hopes to seek "a better deal".

David Suzuki said in the opinion piece that "his rationale for abandoning the Paris agreement is outdated and false".

Nicaragua and Syria are the only countries not party to the Paris accord, the former seeing it as not ambitious enough and the latter being racked by a brutal civil war.

This will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and heatwaves as well as massive loss of wildlife and reduction in crop yields, potentially sparking conflict and mass migration.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, issued a rare statement saying the new administration had joined "a small handful of nations that reject the future". In addition to curbing emissions, the Paris Agreement promised aid to the developing world to boost clean energy companies. Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement.

Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce and the VDMA engineering industry association warned that USA companies could gain short-term advantages by Trump's decision.

Under its climate action plan, the USA had pledged merely 26-28 per cent emission reduction below 2005 levels by 2025. Only China exceeds it.

  • Carolyn Briggs