EPA's Pruitt says leaving Paris Accord is about jobs, not politics

Paola Ditto
Giugno 5, 2017

In Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU is "stepping up our cooperation on climate change with China" following a summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Trump pulled out of the agreement which former President Barack Obama and a host of other countries signed in 2015.

Pruitt resorted to talking about the advances the USA has made in curbing its carbon emissions.

Baker and Scott last month urged Trump to continue the USA commitment to the climate agreement.

The Paris agreement commits the United States and other countries to keep rising global temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"Our joint leadership provides businesses, investors and researchers - in Europe, China and around the world - with the certainty they need to build a global low-carbon economy", he said. Mr Modi said it was "part of the world's shared heritage" and India would "continue working on this. above and beyond the Paris accord".

Trump pulled the USA out of the non-binding deal, which obligated the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

The U.S. might have walked away from the Paris Agreement, but that doesn't mean all its cities and states will do the same.

"The bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States".

"Disappointed with today's decision on the Paris Agreement. I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America's interests".

"This decision was backed by every country in the world apart from Syria, which is in the middle of a civil war, and Nicaragua, which wanted us to go further".

Across town, anti-Trump protesters kicked off the "March for Truth" campaign calling for an independent investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump associates during the presidential election.

Concerns about Trump's views on global warming and climate change have been cause for concern ever since his election given that he has refused to acknowledge the phenomenon in the past.

During his announcement, Trump said that the decision was taken as the agreement is "draconian" and "economically burdens" the US.

Numerous other signatory states are also already moving toward a greener future, and the alliance may encourage them to set more aggressive goals. They warned that if nothing is done, global temperatures could rise by as much as five degree Celsius by 2100.

In Paris, the venue for the pact, French President Emmanuel Macron turned Trump's "Make America great again" campaign slogan on its head, saying in a rare English-language statement that it was time to "make the planet great again".

Mr Pruitt and White House press secretary Sean Spicer were also among those who refused to answer repeated questions on the subject. We may be able to do this without the president. It's what we do.

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