Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

EU Commissioner: Paris climate deal can not be renegotiated


BERLIN-German Chancellor Angela Merkel sharply criticized President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate accord, calling the deal to limit greenhouse gas emission vital to protect the planet.

Greenpeace's director in Spain Mario Rodriguez said Thursday's announcement will require US civil society and companies - as well as the rest of the world - to work harder to fight global warming.

"They will find in France a second homeland".

"Therefore, in order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord".

While China needs European Union technical know-how to reduce the pollution blighting its cities, the European Union is looking to Beijing to take action against emissions blamed for increased droughts, rising seas and other affects of climate change.

Putin, speaking at an economic forum in Russian Federation, said that although he thinks it would have been better for the U.S.to try to change the agreement rather than leave it, he isn't rushing to condemn Trump for his decision. In a joint statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentilioni and Macron pledged to implement the Paris agreement and asserted that the accord could not be renegotiated.

President Hilda Heine expressed disappointment and confusion at the U.S. decision and said it would have grave implications.

Ma added that he feared Trump's decision would open the doors to climate change skeptics becoming a more vocal force within his country, and that the government needs to reassure companies that there are no mixed signals on the need to restrict emissions.

Canete also predicted that the European Union would seek new alliances from the world's largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as USA businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.

Nicaragua, is a tiny emitter, with a 0.03% share of global emissions, but it is at risk from extreme storms, which experts blame on the overheating caused by climate change. "Leadership means fighting climate change together. This has brought more than 400,000 new jobs in Germany alone!"

Germany's environment minister underscored that Friday, saying "there will be no new deal with the United States" on climate change.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner if the USA retreats from its pledge because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

Putin said, "I wouldn't start to condemn President Trump" over the decision, adding that perhaps Trump thought agreements by former President Barack Obama "hadn't been totally thought through".

Obama, whose administration negotiated the agreement, said the countries that remain in the Paris deal will "reap the benefits in "jobs and industries created" and that the USA should be "at the front of the pack".

Merkel, whose country hosts this year's worldwide climate summit, said Trump's decision was "extremely regrettable and that's putting it very mildly".

"We are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris agreement is a big mistake", Tusk, who chairs EU summits as the head of the European Council, told a news conference with Li and the EU's chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker.

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