Exiting Paris Climate Accord Does Not Mean Disengagement

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2017

The objective of the Paris Agreement is to prevent an increase in global average temperature and keep it well below 2°C.

Some of the fiercest criticism came from Europe, where many leaders had made personal appeals to Trump to stick with an accord backed by 195 nations. It was finally ratified on November 4, 2016. For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging.

Former President Vicente Fox Quesada, a longtime critic of Trump, said the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement amounts to a declaration of war on the planet.

The US President also faced hard phone calls with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UK Prime Minister Theresa May following Thursday's announcement.

She also warned that quitting the Paris accord meant missing out on future jobs and growth in the green economy.

In Paris, the Obama administration had promised to slash emissions to at least 26% below 2005 levels within 10 years.

According to Ravi Chellam, executive director, Greenpeace India, Trump was out of touch with reality.

"The vast majority of the world has already resolved and started to act on climate with the renewable energy industry growing exponentially".

Before the formal EU-China summit got underway, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a business conference on Friday that China and the EU recognized the need for global solutions and this was nowhere more important than full implementation of the Paris agreement.

On Thursday, Macron called the Trump move "a mistake" both for the United States and for the entire planet. On Thursday, Macron said that Trump has "committed an error for the interests of his country, his people and a mistake for the future of our planet".

Ajay Mathur, director general, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and one of the key negotiators for India during the Paris climate summit, termed the decision "unfortunate".

World leaders have clamoured to condemn Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement is an worldwide attempt to slow global warming and mitigate its worst effects.

"It's air pollution and public health that drove China to step up and say we're going to be a leader on climate change", said Angel Hsu, an assistant professor of environmental studies at Yale University whose research focuses in part on China's approach to climate change. Foreign investment opportunities, he said, were far different from when China first opened up.

R K Pachauri, former chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said the U.S. decision was "truly unfortunate" as it completely ignores the scientific reality of climate change and the moral responsibility of the USA for taking action.

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