World Leaders Disappointed by U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord
World leaders are lambasting President Donald Trump for his decision Thursday, to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
The Paris Climate Accord is an agreement to work towards keeping global temperatures from rising to dangerous degrees.
Seeking to justify his decision to ignore the dangers of global warming, President Trump said he did not “want anything to get in our way. The U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”
About 195 nations had signed the Paris Climate Accord in December 2015 with hopes to slow the alarming and quickening effects of global warming.
President Trump’s decision to remove America from the agreement was a fulfillment of a campaign promise that many of his supporters applauded. While backing out of the agreement may have appeased some of his supporters that deny climate change, President Trump reaped criticism from many influential world leaders.
Before President Trump made his announcement, Dmitry Peskov, a Russian government spokesperson, released a statement on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin saying “Russia attaches great significance to it. At the same time, it goes without saying that the effectiveness of this convention is likely to be reduced without its key participants.”
The BBC has reported that President Trump called the UK Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss his decision.
Following the phone call, a statement was released in which the UK Prime Minister, “expressed her disappointment with the decision.” She said the Paris Agreement provides “the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses.”
Likewise, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a lengthy statement similar in tone to that released by UK PM Mays.
“We are deeply disappointed that the United States’ federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement,” the Canadian Prime Minister’s statement said.
The statement focused on Canada’s pride in having remained part of the Paris Climate Accord, the lucrative financial opportunities the agreement will bring to all partners involved, and the responsibility that every country holds in ensuring a “cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for our kids and for generations to come.”
The Canadian Prime Minister pledged to continue to work to address climate change.
“We are all custodians of this world, and that is why Canada will continue to work with the US at the state level, and with other US stakeholders, to address climate change and promote clean growth, ” he said.
“We will also continue to reach out to the US federal government to discuss this matter of critical importance for all humankind, and to identify areas of shared interest for collaboration, including on emissions reductions,” Prime Minister Trudeau added.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and French President Emmanuel Macron also released a joint statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the accord.
“We, the Heads of State and of Government of France, Germany and Italy, take note with regret of the decision by the United States of America to withdraw from the universal agreement on climate change,” the joint statement said, adding that “the Paris Agreement remains a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change and for implementing the 2030 Agenda sustainable development goals.”
They said they deem the momentum on generated in Paris in 2015 to be irreversible.
“We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies. We are convinced that the implementation of the Paris Agreement offers substantial economic opportunities for prosperity and growth in our countries and on a global scale.”
They reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Paris Accord as currently written without room for renegotiation.
“We therefore reaffirm our strongest commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement, including its climate finance goals and we encourage all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change. We will step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals.”
The newly elected president of France, Emmanuel Macron did not stop at the above joint statement.
Speaking in English to communicate his discontent at Trump’s decision, Macron addressed “all the scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision by the president of the United States.”
“I want to say they will find in France a second homeland. I call on them — come and work here with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate,” Macron said
Macron’s rousing speech ended with a memorable and inspirational quote on the fragile state of our planet, which directly referenced President Trump’s campaign slogan. Macron addressed the world as a whole in saying, “Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility to make our planet great again.”
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