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

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

For all the wrong reasons, he is pulling the USA out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which took years to negotiate and to which every other country in the world has signed on except of Syria and Nicaragua.

"Let's not go backwards from the Paris Agreement", he said on Twitter.

The Paris accord aims to prevent average temperature around the world from heating up by more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) before the end of the century, compared to before the start of the industrial age.

Climate change, which contributes to erosion, threatens coastal communities like this one in MA. Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn did the same thing an interview with CNN Thursday.

After President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the historic Paris climate agreement, Trump and his top White House officials are refusing to say whether he believes that climate change is real.

To Trump, the world community is driven, at least in part, by a desire to draw the U.S. into deals like Paris to hobble us economically.

"I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America's interests", Trump declared in an address watched anxiously by leaders around the world.

"We're getting out", Mr Trump said at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden under sunny skies on a warm June day, fulfilling a major election campaign pledge.

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his disappointment in a different way.

And who knows, maybe four years from now the next round of climate agreements will actually have mandatory goals and benchmarks, and commit serious money to changing over the global economy?

Fiji, like many other small island nations, is seen as particularly vulnerable to global warming and a possible rise in ocean levels as a result of melting polar ice.

"I made the U.K.'s position clear to President Trump last week at the G-7 meeting, as did the other G-7 leaders, and I made the position clear to President Trump last night". He recently stirred controversy by suggesting Carbon dioxide wasn't the primary cause of climate change. Electric utilities have been replacing coal plants with gas-fired facilities because they are more efficient and less expensive to operate.

Speaking at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Trump said he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

"Your decision today to exit the Paris Accord reflects your unflinching commitment to put America First".

He ordered the construction of a controversial oil pipeline, slashed the budget of the EPA, and scrapped a move to improve the fuel efficiency of cars.

To be fair, Trump has not done anything that wasn't expected.

Coal towns across the USA have suffered as power utilities have switched from coal to using natural gas. "We need to do it ourselves". It is not when somebody makes a devastating decision like this. "The recent announcement by the USA administration on its withdrawal ... is regrettable". "That should be our focus versus agreeing to unachievable targets that harm our economy and the American people", Pruitt added.

He urged the global community to compel the new United States administration to completely and precisely implement Washington's worldwide commitments. He threatened American companies with penalties if they moved factories to other countries with cheaper labour. No more, promises Trump. "Trump's decision to ditch the Paris deal will leave a fairly big shoe for a single country to fill", state-run Xinhua said in a commentary.

Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, called the Bloomberg Philanthropies financial commitment "crucial".

TRUMP: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany". He writes, "Under the normal rules of the agreement, the United States can not withdraw until November 2020", but "there is a nuclear option".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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