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Merkel calls US withdrawal from Paris Agreement "very regrettable"

03 Juin 2017

The Labour leader said he would invite the president to Number 10 to discuss Trump's controversial move over a cuppa.

The day after President Trump announced that the United States will exit the Paris climate deal, Kellyanne Conway appeared on ABC News's "Good Morning America" and was asked this question: Does the president still believe global warming is a hoax?

However, the USA exit might build pressure on India.

The mayor of Pittsburgh has censured US President Donald Trump for his use of the city in rationalizing withdrawal from the landmark 2015 global climate agreement reached in Paris.

Trump justified his decision by describing the Paris accord as "unfair", detrimental to USA economic interests and enriching foreign countries, namely India and China.

In the wake of Trump's decision, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto reaffirmed his city's commitment to the 2015 Paris accord and called the president's move "reckless" and "unacceptable".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said China agreed with the EU on the "unhappiness" about America's unilateral decision to abandon the climate agreement.

"I urge the White House to take a new look at this issue with America's best interests in mind and in the spirit of working with our world partners on protecting the environment".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a pastor's daughter who is usually intensely private about her faith, said the accord was needed "to preserve our Creation".

"This decision can't and won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet", she said.

With Premier Li Keqiang for this year's #EUChinaSummit.

The Paris Climate Agreement doesn't officially go into force until 2020, which is when countries are expected to begin reducing emissions through the voluntary commitments they made when they signed on.

"There is no reverse gear to energy transition".

The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's administration was committed to the Paris agreement.

Russian Federation struck a rare negative note.

Supporters of the decision in US believe pulling out of the pact will save jobs, unburden industries, and save money. He said, "Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree ..." It's hard to argue with these basic core values that Trump emphasized in his speech. "Industry must now lead and not the government".

The leader of the country to next hold the rotating presidency of the European Union called Trump's decision "very bad, very negative".

Shares in the company plunged after it was clear that Trump, who has lashed out against wind turbine technology in the past, was the victor of the US election in November.

"Climate protection can be pushed forward in an effective and competition-friendly way only by all states", said DIHK President Eric Schweitzer.

Republicans - Trump's base - are much less anxious about the environment than are Democrats or independents, and that gap has increased as the last two groups have become increasingly concerned about the issue.

Merkel calls US withdrawal from Paris Agreement