Trump to withdraw US from Paris Climate Agreement
US President Donald Trump said, he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
US President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement immediately, while also calling for talks to come up with "a deal that's fair."
"We're getting out," Trump said, as an invited audience in the White House Rose Garden.
“The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that damages the United States,” Trump said."...As of today the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding accord,” he added.
IT WAS TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN PROMISE
Trump stressed that withdrawal from the climate agreement fulfilled one of his major campaign promises during last year's political campaign. His reversal of Obama-era policy was expected to please many of his supporters in the Republican Party but infuriate environmentalists and America’s allies.
Former US President Barack Obama lamented the decision to leave the first global agreement to set all nations on "a low-carbon course, and to protect the world we leave to our children."
In a statement apparently prepared in anticipation of Trump's decision, Obama said: "It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible.It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well. And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America’s private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar – industries that created some of the fastest new streams of good-paying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history."
PARIS AGREEMENT HAS NO BINDING
The agreement, which has been endorsed by 195 countries, is technically legally binding, though its powers for enforcement are fairly weak.
As an example, carbon emissions targets are not binding. The U.S. pledged under the accord to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025. If the U.S. fails to meet that goal, however, there are no legal repercussions.
This chart shows global greenhouse gas emission from fossil fuel combustion by country and emission by economic sector.
You will find more statistics at Statista.
‘HOW A WORLD LEADER DIVORCED FROM REALITY’
"Donald Trump has made a historic mistake, which our grandchildren will look back on with stunned dismay at how a world leader could be so divorced from reality and morality,” Sierra Club President Michael Brune said in a statement emailed to VOA.
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, the founder of Space X, said he would resign from three White House scientific advisory boards as a sign of opposition to Trump's decision.
Economist Gary Hufbauer of the Washington-based Peterson Institute told VOA he expects other countries to remain a part of the accord, and that Trump deciding to leave would "put the U.S. in a bad light." (EVRENSEL DAILY)