Emmanuel Macron Urges American Scientists To Join France's Climate Change Fight

James Marshall
June 5, 2017

Almost 200 countries have ratified the Paris agreement. "It's a bad deal for this country".

In a statement released on Thursday, Macron characterized Trump's decision to withdraw from the landmark (though admittedly non-binding) global climate agreement as a "mistake".

The EPA director said the Obama administration fell short of the targets set by the Paris agreement.

Following Donald Trump's controversial decision to pull America out of the Paris climate accords, France's newly elected president has extended a special invitation. There are many other examples.

Spicer said Friday, when asked again, that he had not had the opportunity to have that discussion.

As Trump's aides explain his decision to leave the agreement - despite protests from members of his own administration, environmental experts, corporate titans and fellow foreign leaders - they have danced around the issue that is at its heart: climate change. Essentially, we're paying up because we pollute more.

Furthermore, the USA government calculates that the cost to the economy by 2040, had the US chose to follow the Paris accord, would be nearing $3 trillion in lost GDP, as well as reducing overall household wealth by $7,000.

"So I think that - I mean, the fact that the president in his speech today said that he wants to come back and renegotiate a better deal for the United States and for the world I think pretty much speaks for itself", one of the officials said. Meanwhile, the leaders of China and the European Union announced that they remain committed to the Paris Accord and plan to intensify cooperation on clean energy, a huge and growing global market that U.S. businesses will now find harder to navigate. The decision has no direct impact on major US regulations on power plants and vehicle rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well.

Congressional Republicans applauded the decision, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky saying Trump had "put families and jobs ahead of left-wing ideology and should be commended".

Business investors seemed pleased, with stock prices, already up for the day, bumping higher as he spoke and the Dow Jones industrial average rising 135 points for the day.

"The US committed to reducing gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025, while Russia is committed to cutting carbon emissions by 70% from the 1990 level, by 2030", the Russian president noted. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.

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