EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

Following Donald Trump's highly controversial decision to pull the USA from the Paris climate agreement, world leaders, CEOs, and other prominent figures have slammed the president.

Shortly after President Donald Trump yanked the USA out of the Paris climate agreement, programmed its homepage with a news article about Trump's announcement and seven snarky headlines.

Earlier on Thursday, Macron had told Trump in a telephone call that the Paris agreement could not be renegotiated, according to a statement from the French President's office.

"During the entire negotiations, we've said that this deal was not fair for Turkey and was not compatible with our interests but we've taken on the responsibility for the continuation in the fight against climate change".

"A true global leader would be condemning the President's actions, and joining with other European countries to formulate an emergency plan to save the Paris Agreement", she said.

Bainimarama's Pacific island nation has already felt the impact of climate change through wild storms such as last year's Cyclone Winston, which killed 44 people and wiped out a third of the economy. "As the former President of a clean energy company, I know how important these advancements are to our economy and to reversing our unsafe environmental course", Mr Krishnamoorthi said.

But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the USA and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments.

But the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement that they "firmly believe" the deal can not be reworked.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso drew parallels to the USA setting up a plan to establish the League of Nations after World War I, only to back out later.

The deal would have required the reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025, potentially limiting the growth of high-emissions industries like oil and gas production.

"Mainly it's the uncertainty that I think is something that we need to be anxious about right now", Hoffman told CBC Toronto Thursday.

The billionaire founder and CEO of SpaceX said Wednesday (May 31) that he'll resign from the three White House advisory councils on which he sits if Trump pulls the United States out of the Paris climate pact. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk wrote on Twitter. "Apparently these big companies ran the numbers and it turns out if climate change destroys human life on earth, it could be bad for business", Kimmel said.

However, Trump indicated that re-entry may not be a top priority for his administration.

President Donald Trump caused worldwide consternation on Thursday when he announced the United States was ditching the agreement, arguing that it was too lenient on China, India and Europe.



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