Paris Deal Not Subject to Renegotiation Despite US Withdrawal - EU Commissioner

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord "can't and won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet".

The agreement was hailed as a landmark when it was passed, with nearly 200 countries pledging to follow it.

Germany, France and Italy issued a joint statement, in which the three countries underlined that a renegotiation of the agreement was not possible.

Even French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to request that we "make our planet great again".

In a background briefing with reporters Thursday afternoon, White House advisers repeatedly declined to answer questions about whether Trump thinks climate change is real.

"And Russia, when they set their targets, they set 1990 as their baseline, which allowed them to continue emitting more CO2", Pruitt said. "They didn't have the corner on the market in studies at that time, there were plenty - we can provide those to you".

" You should ask him that", Conway said, "and I hope you have your chance".

President Donald Trump today declared the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement, saying the "draconian" deal unfairly punished America but benefited countries such as India and China.

"Donald Trump aside, we remain convinced the world is witnessing a revolution in attitudes towards the climate and environment - with corporates at the forefront of this change".

In the wake of Trump's exit, China, the European Union and other countries around the world have reaffirmed their commitment to the accord, leaving the US on a diplomatic island with only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (and to be fair to Ortega, his country didn't join because the accords weren't strong enough).

This all illustrates the key point - as far as the climate is concerned, what matters is not what Trump says or does, but how the rest of America and the rest of the world responds, both politically and practically.

While former secretary of state John Kerry said the "big mistake" was a "self-destructive step that puts our nation last". 7 out of 10 Americans think the United States should stick with the Paris Agreement. He has also advised the president on manufacturing jobs and infrastructure.

"A rogue U.S. can cause more damage inside. than outside of the agreement", said Luke Kemp, a climate policy lecturer at the Australian National University.

The Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in December 2015 at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21).

  • Carolyn Briggs