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US Quits Paris Climate Pact, Trump Says Deal Not Tough Enough on India, China

The United States President Donald Trump on Friday announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord due to the "draconian financial and economic burdens" the agreement imposed on the US.

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Updated:June 2, 2017, 9:18 AM IST
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US Quits Paris Climate Pact, Trump Says Deal Not Tough Enough on India, China
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he was pulling the United States out of Paris Climate Deal. (Photo: REUTERS)

Washington: The United States President Donald Trump on Friday announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord due to the "draconian financial and economic burdens" the agreement imposed on the US.

He said the accord was not tough on India and China, and alleged that the deal was negotiated "poorly" by the Obama administration and signed out of “desperation”.

"As of today, the US will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord," he said in an address at the White House.

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He said the deal gives advantages to countries like India and China. “India makes its participation on receiving billions and billions of dollars from developed countries. Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States. The current India will be allowed to double its coal production and so does China,” the President alleged.

Trump said the US will begin negotiations to re-enter the Paris Agreement "on terms that are fair to the US."

"We will be environmentally friendly, but we're not going to put our businesses out of work... We're going to grow rapidly," he said.

However, Trump's denial of global warming and calling Climate Change a "hoax" received a cold shoulder from as many as 61 Mayors, "representing 36 million Americans", according to CNN.

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Some U.S. states, including California, Washington and New York, have vowed to continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and continue engaging in the international climate agreement process.

As per another report on CNN, the decision amounts to a rebuttal of the worldwide effort to pressure Trump to remain a part of the agreement, which 195 nations signed onto.

In a fiery press address, President Trump emphasised he "represented the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", a departure from the usual image of the United States being the leader of the free world.

Many foreign leaders, business executives and even his own daughter lobbied heavily for him to remain a part of the deal.

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However, he ultimately lost out to conservatives who claimed Paris Climate Accord was bad for the US.

"The vacuum that would be created has to be filled, and Europe has aspirations for a natural leadership in this whole process," the report quoted European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as saying.

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Former President Barack Obama Hits Out

Donald Trump's decision - one of his poll promises - makes the United States walk out of the accord and join the world's only two non-participant countries, Syria and Nicaragua.

Former President Barack Obama, one of the principal architects of the much-touted accord, expressed dismay over President Trump's decision.

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"The nations that remain in the Paris agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack," Obama said.

"But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got," Obama added.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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