Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trump To Abandon Global Climate Accord, Incensed Europe: Climate Pact 'Not Renegotiable'




Trump says US will abandon global climate accord


US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad.

“As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord,” Trump said during a White House Rose Garden announcement. Suggesting renegotiating re-entry was not a major priority, he said, “If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”

“I cannot, in good conscience, support a deal that punishes the United States — the world’s leader in environmental protection — while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world’s leading polluters,” Trump said, before singling out China and India.

By abandoning the world’s chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge. But he was also breaking from many of America’s staunches allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision.
Under former President Barack Obama, the US had agreed to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 — about 1.6 billion tons.
But Trump said the agreement disadvantaged the US “to the exclusive benefit of other countries,” leaving American businesses and taxpayers to absorb the cost.
Trump’s decision sparked an instant wave of indignation both at home and abroad, with Obama saying the move meant the US was “joining a handful of nations that reject the future.”
Germany said the US was “harming” the entire planet, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called the decision “seriously wrong.”









European leaders and green groups reacted with anger and dismay after President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United States, the world’s second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris Agreement.

But they also pledged to defend the agreement and not to backtrack in the fight against climate change.

In an exceptional step, continental Europe’s three biggest economies — Germany, France and Italy — issued a joint statement in which they criticized Trump’s decision and said the pact was “not renegotiable.”

“We note the United States’ decision with regret,” they said, describing the accord as “a vital tool for our planet, our societies and our economies.”
“We are firmly convinced that the agreement cannot be renegotiated,” they added, referring to part of the Trump announcement which said Washington was open to negotiating a new agreement.
Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Union’s executive Commission, lashed Trump’s decision as “seriously wrong.”

The body’s commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Canete also pledged continued “global leadership” on climate change.

“The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration,” he said in a statement.
“The Paris Agreement will endure. The world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership in the fight against climate change.
“Europe will lead through ambitious climate policies and through continued support to the poor and vulnerable,” he added.
In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed “regret” at the decision, and called for a continuation of “climate policies which preserve our world.”
Seven Social Democratic ministers in her coalition government said the United States “is harming itself, we Europeans and all the people of the world.”

In France, the Elysee presidential palace said newly-elected leader Emmanuel Macron had phoned Trump to say that “nothing was negotiable” in the Paris agreement.


Macron also called on American “scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, committed citizens” to “come and work in France on concrete solutions for climate.”
Paris city hall meanwhile said it would illuminate its building in green on Thursday “in a sign of disapproval” of Trump’s announcement and to recall the determination of cities around the world to fight climate change.
In Rome, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni urged against any retreat from fighting climate.
“Let’s not go backwards from the Paris Agreement,” he said on Twitter. “Italy is committed to reducing (carbon) emissions, to renewable energy, sustainable development.”

Among environment groups, Climate Action Network said the withdrawal “signals that the Trump Administration is in total discord with both reality and the rest of the world.”
“Unfortunately, the first to suffer from this injudicious decision is the American people,” the group, an alliance of climate activists, said.
“This action is totally contrary to their best interests: their health, security, food supply, jobs and future.”
Friends of the Earth International said “pulling out of the Paris Agreement would make the US a rogue state on climate change. The rest of the world cannot let the US drag it down.”
Oxfam France branded the decision as “shameful and irresponsible, scorning people and world peace.”



7 comments:

Caroline Hormozi said...

Its not hard to work out with this decision america will b left with no allies to support in time of trouble. Only the lord can and will protect his people as no one else will. We need to really be in close fellowship with the holy spirit to be able to follow his leading

Lance M said...

Oh darn....we only have the Lord as our ally. : )
I like our chances

WVBORN56 said...

Love Trump... he's not perfect but he's light years better than Clinton Bush and Obama! If we weren't making a very soon exit from this messed up world it would've been interesting to see just how much of the serious damage these traitors inflicted he could undo! I sure hope he goes in the rapture! Please save him and his wife Jesus! Sorry for getting political but for some weird reason I have this great affinity for the man. Maybe because he's authentic, loves America and traditional values!

WVBORN56 said...

Love Trump... he's not perfect but he's light years better than Clinton Bush and Obama! If we weren't making a very soon exit from this messed up world it would've been interesting to see just how much of the serious damage these traitors inflicted he could undo! I sure hope he goes in the rapture! Please save him and his wife Jesus! Sorry for getting political but for some weird reason I have this great affinity for the man. Maybe because he's authentic, loves America and traditional values!

Mrs.C said...

Very, very well said Brother WV :) Envision this...President Trump is indeed Saved, and goes in the Rapture with us. The current Sodom & Gomorrah crowd here and around the world that is frothing at the bit, then moves in to take control. They are already under delusion, and will easily follow the lies of the ac...personally, I believe God is allowing all that is happening now for people to clearly see and know the difference between good & evil...those left behind will reflect on that hopefully and choose Jesus in the worst of times...the Trib...

"Franklin Graham Claims Trump Gave His Heart To Christ At Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Party "
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/franklin-graham-claims-trump-gave-his-heart-to-christ-at-billy-grahams-95th-birthday-party/

Scott said...

Totally agree

WVBORN56 said...

Great thoughts Mts.C! I also think if Trump is raptured it will be an easy sell that all the "bad" people were taken away by aliens easy bought by these twisted minds