World leaders condemn Trump over climate accord

AFP | US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has offered $15 million to UN efforts to tackle climate change after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.

The Paris climate pact did not hold countries like India and China accountable on greenhouse emissions, the White House has said as it defended President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the landmark accord.

"We are able to narrow the positions but we are not yet there", Juncker said. So, regardless of what the president says, these things are not going to slow down. "So, that's been my focus".

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House press secretary Sean Spicer had several opportunities to share the president's current thinking on the issue. The mayors of those cities, however, said they disagreed with Trump's decision.

"We are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris agreement is a big mistake".

Trump has always been skeptical of climate change, despite vast scientific evidence showing that human activity has contributed to the problem, and has repeatedly suggested that it is a "hoax".

"In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord", Mr Trump said, arguing the deal was harmful to USA manufacturing and was costing jobs.

And whenever NY was hit with a cold spell or snowstorm, Trump would often tweet a joke about global warming. Later, Macron pointedly ignored Trump while approaching a group of European heads of state, dodging the USA president in order to hug German Chancellor Angela Merkel instead. "The fight against climate change, and all the research, innovation and technological progress it will bring, will continue, with or without the U.S.".

Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, repeatedly dodged the question in a CNN interview on Thursday evening.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said China agreed with the EU on the "unhappiness" about America's unilateral decision to abandon the climate agreement.

"The president believes in a clean environment, clean air, clean water. He has received awards as a businessman, in that regard".

A group of US states and cities, including the world's sixth largest economy, have vowed to fill the climate gap left in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from an historic climate pact.

On Thursday, the US Sierra Club, an environmental group, was scathing about Trump's endorsement of what he regards as clean coal.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based research university published a study in April 2016 titled 'How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?' showing that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by between 0.6 degree and 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100. "But I think we can lessen that in a responsible way that doesn't. put entire groups of people out of work". As he often does when meeting world leaders, Trump attempted to dominate Macron by way of an overly aggressive handshake, but Macron was prepared: After a tense couple of moments, Trump relaxes his hand in an attempt to end the handshake, but Macron doesn't, leaving the USA president's limp hand resting impotently in the French leader's grip.

The reporter followed up: "So is that a yes?" Now, as climate change hits poor countries hard, they will only blame America.

"You know, people have called me a climate skeptic or a climate denier", he said. "That's not the point".

  • Carolyn Briggs