EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

Saturday, 03 Jun, 2017

The run-up to the announcement by President Donald Trump on Thursday that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement illustrated the inconsistent approaches being taken by America and other major countries.

France, Germany and Italy quickly issued a joint statement Thursday saying the Paris climate accord can't be renegotiated.

Pictured is the City Hall of Paris, France, illuminated in green following the announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord and try to negotiate a new global deal on climate change.

Before Mr Trump's formal announcement, Mr Benioff had shared a letter to the President strongly urging him to keep the U.S. in the Paris accord, signed by companies including Apple, Adobe, Intel, Microsoft, HP and Unilever.

The dispute is the latest round of a years-long battle between scientists and politicians over how to interpret facts about the effects of burning fossil fuels on the global climate, and translate them into policy.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the agreement had not been reached easily and it represented the broadest consensus of the worldwide community.

"For us, our position on the Paris agreement. we need a framework like that to address the risks of climate change", Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods said.

Even China, the biggest polluter, is responsible for only one-sixth of the excess carbon dioxide with almost 18.5 per cent of world's population. The U.S.is second.

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The decision to join Syria and Nicaragua, the only two nations that have not signed the agreement, "is a remarkable rebuke to heads of state, climate activists, corporate executives and members of the president's own staff, who all failed to change his mind with an intense, last-minute lobbying blitz", says the New York Times. He described the pact as "very unfair" to the United States and beneficial to other major polluters, like China and India.

"We are willing to work with all sides to jointly protect the Paris agreement process, promote the actual rules and regulations of the agreement in follow-up talks and effectively enact them, and promote global green, low carbon, sustainable development". "This is clearly disappointing, and a setback for America's leadership in the world", ITI President Dean Garfield said in a statement. But a USA withdrawal from the deal would give China more opportunity to burnish its image as a global leader.

Donald Trump has said that withdrawing the USA from the Paris climate accord would stave off an economic crisis and protect American jobs - but many American companies seemed to disagree. "Japan's business community should seize this opportunity to take leadership in a future carbon-free world", said Naoyuki Yamagishi, leader of WWF Japan's climate and energy group, in a media statement.

"But the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will not stop climate action in the United States". I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S.in the agreement.

According to a press statement from the United Kingdom prime minister's residence, 10 Downing Street, Trump called May after announcing his decision. "Nowhere is that more important than in leading the global clean energy transition and the implementation, the full implementation without nuances, of the Paris Climate Agreement", Juncker said at a meeting of European Union and China business leaders in Brussels.

"I do not agree with all of the president's policies and decisions, including today's announcement to exit the United States from the Paris Agreement which I believe is a critical step forward in addressing climate change".

Trump announced the withdrawal the same day he pulled back from another campaign promise: to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

"Compliance to the deal could cost 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025", Trump said. "Such technologies will also help in our fight against air pollution and ensure greater energy security globally".