China Vows To Uphold Climate Pact After US Pullout

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 3, 2017

Even potential US partners reached out across the Pacific. That would have made it harder to rejoin the deal later. As CBS additionally reported, more than twice as many people were employed in the solar sector than in coal mining in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Even a direct appeal from the Vatican wasn't enough to persuade the president.

But Trump's biggest miscalculation in pulling out of the Paris deal is not recognizing the real nature of the zero-sum climate change game. Building on commitments made in the Paris accords offers a pathway to actions, however hard.

Trump did little to quell those concerns Thursday.

Fabius responded that "it is a completely false vision to believe that it would be positive for the United States to withdraw from the Paris accord".

India accepted the agreement on October 2, 2016, one month behind the U.S. and China. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

Senate leader Mitch McConnell was among a group of 22 Republicans who wrote a letter to Trump in the days leading up to his decision calling for a clean exit.

During his presidential campaign in February Macron told American academics and scientists from across the Atlantic who were at odds with the Trump administration that they would find a refuge in France. President George W. Bush provoked similar anger from European allies when he decided not to implement the 1997 Kyoto climate change treaty, which was ratified by 140 nations. There's little sign of that so far: Major emitters including China and India have shown strong support for Paris.

Still, Bush made the broad and public case for US leadership in worldwide cooperation, even as his policies in Iraq and Afghanistan frayed some American alliances. But that link is tenuous: Trump's domestic policies matter more than the Paris accord, which included no enforcement mechanism for countries that failed to meet their pledges.

"It is hugely disappointing that President Trump is making the mistake in rowing back on the Paris Agreement".

The Titanic star has slammed Trump in a long Facebook post, criticising his "discouraging" decision to withdraw the United States from participating in the Paris climate accord.

India had committed to reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its emissions by 33-35% by 2030 below 2005 levels, build 40% of its power capacity by 2030 through renewables and create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.

The European nations that pushed for Trump to stay in the deal appear to be in little mood to help the president take credit for getting a better deal.

Ms Merkel had already issued a joint statement alongside her French and Italian counterparts, expressing "regret" over Mr Trump's decision and saying the accords could not be negotiated as he claimed.

"As incoming COP president, I reaffirm that I will do everything possible to continue to forge a grand coalition that will accelerate the momentum that has continued since the Paris Agreement", he said.

Other countries will also now be able to scoop up all the money the leaving behind by not taking clean energy seriously.

That feeling is echoed by some Japanese environmental activists, who worry that Trump has now provided a pretext for Japan's coal and fossil fuel lobbies to pressure the Abe administration into using more coal and oil rather than push for a low carbon society that uses more renewable energy.

He also said he's open to renegotiating the deal on terms more favorable to America but it's not clear what that means or if any other country will take him up on that offer.

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