World leaders condemned Trump’s decision on climate
The US is withdrawing from the Paris agreement on climate. This was stated by President of the United States Donald Trump, reports Reuters. According to him, the agreement is not beneficial for the US with the current conditions.
Trump also explained that in the implementation of all provisions of the agreements by 2025 the US could lose 2.7 million jobs. In addition, he promised to hold new negotiations so that the Paris agreement would become fair for the Americans.
The US president also said that the state will stop executing all the “non-mandatory” paragraphs of the Paris agreement on climate today, June 1. The corresponding video is also posted on the White House page on Facebook.
Earlier, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that the United States of America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement will take several years. “Americans can not just leave a climate protection agreement, Mr. Trump thinks the opposite, because he does not know the details,” Juncker said at a student conference on the future of Europe organized by the German employers’ association BDA.
According to him, Europe should clearly state to the US that the withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement is not an easy process, and that a complete abandonment of the deal will take years. Juncker stressed that the US would take at least 3-4 years to abandon the obligations stemming from the signing of the agreement.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, June 1, held a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, during which she deplored the White House’s decision to abandon the Paris agreement. About this about an hour after the statement of Trump said the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert (Steffen Seibert). He also noted that Merkel stressed the FRG’s commitment to the terms of the Paris agreement.
In addition to Merkel, Trump held telephone conversations with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The American leader tried to explain to them his position on the climate agreement, reports Reuters referring to a high-ranking representative of the White House. The interlocutor of the agency said that Trump “assured the leaders of America’s commitment to the Trans-Atlantic alliance and an active desire to protect the environment.”
Many heads of state publicly condemned his decision. The French president, speaking with a special television address, said that Trump made a historical mistake and added that “the US turned its back on peace.” He also stressed that the countries remaining in the Paris Agreement will not negotiate a less ambitious plan for combating climate change than the already agreed one.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed the talks with Trump after his decision on the climate and said he was “deeply saddened” by this step of the US administration. He stressed that Canada remains committed to “combating climate change and supporting clean economic growth.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May earlier refused public criticism of Trump in connection with his position on the climate, saying that he, as President of the United States, is entitled to determine his country’s point of view on this issue. She added that the leaders of the G-7 countries – with the exception of the United States – had already expressed their position at the summit in Italy and intend to adhere to the Paris agreement. In a personal telephone conversation with Trump on June 1, according to a spokeswoman for the British government, May expressed her disappointment and noted that these agreements represent the global framework conditions necessary to “protect the prosperity and security of future generations.”
With an appeal to intensify the fight against climate change, former US President Barack Obama addressed the world community, who on behalf of the US signed an international agreement on climate. After Trump’s decision, he issued a special statement in which he wrote: “I am confident that our countries, cities and businesses will do even more and help protect the only planet that we have for future generations.”