World Leaders Reaffirm Commitment To Paris Climate Pact After Trump Pulls Out

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

This decision was backed by every country in the world apart from Syria, which is in the middle of a civil war, and Nicaragua, which wanted us to go further. He sat in the front row as the president announced his decision.

To reduce the amount of harmful greenhouse gases produced.

"Donald Trump is making clear with his tweet that he considers Germany a political opponent", said Thomas Oppermann, the parliamentary caucus leader of the Social Democrats, the junior partners in Merkel's coalition government. That would nearly double the current budget - but it would still be dwarfed by the $664bn the U.S. spends every year.

During a press conference in the White House Rose Garden Thursday, Trump cited research that suggested the emissions cuts agreed to under the deal would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

But he added that he was prepared to try and figure out a new agreement, or change the conditions of the Paris deal.

Some of those opposed to pulling out of the pact, however, said that much of the data the other side presented was either erroneous, scientifically dubious, misleading or out of date.

Scientists have warned failure to curb risky climate change will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and heatwaves as well as massive loss of wildlife and reduction in crop yields, potentially sparking conflict and mass migration.

"Even if climate change does not exist, the saving of energy and the use of free raw materials such as sun and wind are an economic success story".

How has the world reacted?

"The Prime Minister expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the United Kingdom remained committed to the Paris Agreement, as she set out recently at the G7".

Nor can governments take action without considering the implications and possibly negative fallout arising from ill-conceived and divisive policies of the kind Trump has tried to impose on the American people, and on the worldwide community.

European heavyweights France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement on Thursday that they regretted Trump's decision to withdraw from the accord, while affirming their "strongest commitment" to implement its measures.

But people in Trump's party, the Republicans, supported his decision, as well as people who work in the coal industry in the US.

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