Protests, new climate pledges after Donald Trump's Paris pullout

Olive Rios
June 4, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his disappointment to Trump in a telephone call but Trudeau said he has been inspired by "growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies".

Jeremy Corbyn revealed his quintessentially British plan to change Donald Trump's mind on pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, during a speech in York on Friday 1 June. But Trump said Washington will not contribute, pointing to the $20 trillion U.S. sovereign debt and saying some cities "cannot hire enough police officers or fix vital infrastructure".

The statement created clashing appearances, with several former Goldman bankers having taken on important roles in the administration, including former Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn, who was present for Trump's announcement in the White House Rose Garden. "Apparently these big companies ran the numbers and it turns out if climate change destroys human life on earth, it could be bad for business", Kimmel said.

In Trump's announcement at the White House on Thursday, the president said the United States would possibly renegotiate the terms of the agreement at a later time.

But he said the U.S. would "begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States". But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the USA and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments.

President Donald Trump's pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China's unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warming and promoting green technology, and on global matters far removed from the environment.

In a campaign speech, Merkel said, "We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans".

The cost of a barrel of crude slumped 2.4 percent, or $1.18, to $47.18 in electronic trading in NY on Friday, hours after Trump said the USA would immediately stop implementing the Paris deal.

"Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up - and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us".

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner of Climate Action and Energy, accused the United States of turning its back on efforts to save the planet. "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", the statement said.

But the decision to exit the Paris agreement was swiftly denounced by the major American companies, including industrial and energy corporations, which have been working for years to reduce their carbon footprints.

French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to mock Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, first by calling on scientists and engineers in the United States to come to France to work on climate change, and then tweeting "Make Our Planet Great Again". "American leadership on this urgent challenge is needed now more than ever", she wrote in an op-ed for Newsweek.

The president's decision is fundamentally shifting alliances around the world.

The Paris agreement's central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the rise in global temperature this century at well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius thereafter. It's not legally binding, it's voluntary.

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