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Thursday, 1 June 2017

“I was not elected to represent the citizens of Paris” - Trump pulls U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement

President Donald Trump has announced that he would begin the process to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate treaty.

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty is being regarded as a historic act, which will remain in the history for longer than usual.

America is by far the largest historical contributor to climate change, and Trump’s withdrawal shows he no longer wants an agreement he has since rubbished.



In his speech, Trump says he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris. He said “The Paris Accord is a bad deal for America." "We're getting out," he said.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Trump characterised the Paris agreement as a deal that aimed to hobble, disadvantage and impoverish the US.

He claimed the agreement would cost the US $3tn in lost GDP and 6.5 million jobs - while rival economies like China and India were treated more favourably.

"In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord... but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers,” he said.

"At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?" Trump asked.

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more - and they won't be," he said.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris. I promised I would exit or re-negotiate any deal which fails to serve America's interests. Many trade deals will soon be under re-negotiation."

We're getting out," he said. "And we will start to renegotiate and we'll see if there's a better deal. If we can, great. If we can't, that's fine."

Trump said his announcement would end the implementation of carbon reduction targets set under Obama, and stall all contributions to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, which Trump said was "costing the United States a fortune."
"As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States," he said. "The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States."

Trump said during last year's presidential election campaign that he would take the step to help his country's oil and coal industries.

The Paris agreement commits the US and 187 other countries to keeping global temperatures rises "well below" 2C (3.6F) and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C. Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign up to the deal.

The US contributes about 15% of global emissions of carbon, but it is also a significant source of finance and technology for developing countries in their efforts to fight rising temperatures.

Trump did not give a timescale for US withdrawal, but White House sources had earlier suggested it could take up to four years.



Source: CNN/BBC


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