France mocks USA decision to pull out of climate deal


U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to announce his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The decision was ultimately Trump's alone, but he was moved by deeper forces. It was fairer and more flexible than previous attempts to strike a global climate deal, with particular sensitivity to US concerns that emissions limits not be imposed on any country. Mounting pressure from generals because of the military threat of climate destabilization; frightening statistical analysis from underwriters telling us that certain areas will be uninsurable; and demands from shareholders that oil companies divulge the risks of climate change to the future viability of assets are the unavoidable details that need to be hashed out just as custody and compensation in a nasty divorce. "World leaders look to us", he said.

"To the extent that withdrawing from the Paris accord looks like the United States stepping back from an area where the USA has been leader, that's simply music to [Vladimir] Putin's ears". Most of America's carbon emissions come from the heavily populated east and west coasts where these leaders predominate - not the empty and pristine rural hinterlands that are home to the majority of Trump voters.

California leads the way with its climate policies. With U.S. companies pursuing green options and U.S. utilities phasing out coal-powered plants, she points out that the U.S. government does not control - or make - many of these decisions. At least for the globalized companies that sit at the top of the American corporate hierarchy, those dynamics will still hold even if the USA withdraws from the Paris Agreement. There will then be a presidential election in 2020.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told reporters on Friday that he expects other nations will maintain their desire to work with the us on energy technology development despite the Paris decision. And while he has been associated with the Republican and Democrat parties, he now considers himself to be an Independent.

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On Thursday, he released a video in English as well as French in which he criticised Trump for pulling out of the Paris accord and coined the "Make Our Planet Great Again" slogan.

FAIR could not find a single question about climate change in any interview or press conference with Trump since he took office on January 20, 2017.

Fifth, some of the moral condemnation by European allies of the USA and Trump should be taken with a pinch of salt.

"We believe in states' rights, so if a locality, a municipality or a state wants to enact a policy that their citizens believe in. that's what they should do". Thus far, Trump has been a force for European unity, and his latest decision on the climate pact could reinforce that. So there is an existential crisis for Europe embodied in the USA retreat on climate multilateralism that has nothing to do with carbon. Former President Barack Obama pledged $3 billion to help poorer countries like China and India to reduce their emissions. "In order to achieve Paris in full and deliver a low emission, resilient and more secure future for every man, woman, and child, it is very encouraging to see that all actors reaffirm their willingness to work together", Espinosa said. He didn't argue that it would affect USA efforts to reduce American emissions.