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Merkel Says US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Deal 'Very Regrettable'

Malita Javier | 02 Junio, 2017, 22:19

"The U.S. withdrawal from Paris may slow down global progress on climate change, but will not reverse it, leaving the U.S.in catch-up mode regarding the clean energy transition", said Peter Kiernan of the Economist Intelligence Unit.

TRUMP: Claims "absolutely tremendous economic progress since Election Day", adding "more than a million private-sector jobs". "Turning our back on this agreement will be a disaster for America - for our businesses, for our health, and for our national security", he said.

"We hope that the other countries will not follow Trump saying, 'If USA did it, I will also do it.' If they follow [him], this will cause the Paris deal to collapse", Mehmet Emin Birpinar, Turkey's chief negotiator for climate change talks, told Anadolu Agency on Friday.

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement that they regretted the United States' decision to withdraw from the accord, but affirmed "our strongest commitment" to implement its measures and encouraged "all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change". He had shrugged off pressure from them during the recent G7 summit in Sicily continue with the agreement.

"There are many other examples but the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States", he said.

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World leaders from a number countries have reacted with disappointment to Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Trump said, immediately triggering global condemnation on the move by the world's second-biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses.

That figure was agreed before the United States withdrawal announcement.

With some U.S. cities and states immediately voicing support for the Paris deal following Trump's announcement, it is unlikely that the country as a whole will see zero implementation of the pact in real terms.

"Just a short few years ago, China was the climate bad boy", said Li Shuo, senior climate change advisor with Greenpeace.

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"If it creates the kind of damage that has been predicted, then India would be one of the most seriously affected countries, so it is in their interest to try to arrest climate change", he said.

China has been investing billions in clean energy infrastructure, as it battles to clear up the choking pollution enveloping its cities. The process will be reviewed every five years and a $100 billion a year climate finance fund for developing countries is expected to be established by 2020 with further financing in the future.

The Green Climate Fund, one of the distributors of global United Nations renewables funding, announced $34.3 million in funding for a ground water and solar irrigation project in India in April 2017.

The attorneys general - who held a roundtable discussion with a small group of reporters in Washington Thursday afternoon - have increasingly coordinated since Trump took office.

"While the USA administration's leadership seems unaware of or unconcerned with the reputational and leadership costs of such a withdrawal, the Indian government is likely quite attuned to the costs, stakes, and competitive incentives as China seeks to fill the leadership vacuum", South Asia expert Sameer Lalwani told the Hindustan Times in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement to keep India in the accord. While it tops the world in the amount of energy it sources from solar and wind, its economy remains reliant on energy-intensive, intensely polluting industry. "It made sense that he did it from a rose garden while we still have roses and gardens", Kimmel mocked.

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