Announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris deal on June 1, Trump claimed that India had made its participation in the agreement “contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions dollars in foreign aid”.
As the United States begins the process of withdrawal, a joint EU-China statement on Friday underscored the commitments of both sides to the Paris accord and to “strengthen efforts over time” to combat climate change.
When he made the announcement, Mr Trump said the deal would hurt the United States economy.
“Climate changes have caused big global challenges and combating the horrific consequences of them requires complete and honest cooperation of all countries, particularly industrialized governments”, he added.
Since Thursday, Pruitt and several other White House officials – including Press Secretary Sean Spicer and counselor Kellyanne Conway – have refused to answer questions about Trump’s beliefs on climate change.
France’s new President, Emmanuel Macron, has led the worldwide charge against the USA decision to become one of just three countries – along with Syria and Nicaragua – not to abide by the Paris accord. And you know why?
In a speech delivered on 1 June, Trump argued that the current deal puts the USA at a disadvantage and called for a fresh round of negotiations to reach a new, “fairer” accord.
“The rest of the world wanted to tell us how to do it”, she said.
While acknowledging that there are “issues” with the environment, Haley said the USA could not allow German Chancellor Angela Merkel to tell it to “worry about Africa”.
Only war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, which believes the accords don’t go far enough, failed to sign the Paris agreement. He assured his followers that global warming is real and that leaving the Paris accords is “not good” for America or the world.
“The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith”, said India’s President Narendra Modi, after meeting France’s President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday.
The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement not only sets us a step backwards, but also puts the survival of our future generations at risk. “It’s what we’ll continue to do”, she added.
France and India are members of the International Solar Alliance, set up following the Paris agreement, which aims to generate $1tn of investment in solar power by 2030.
However, climate action which is founded upon the principles of justice and equity, must strike a balance between, on one hand, the legitimate concerns of global warming, and on the other, the livelihoods of the most vulnerable states and their people.