US climate decision leaves Europe incensed, dismayed

June 1, 2017
The City Hall of Paris illuminated in green following the announcement by US President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord

European leaders and green groups reacted with anger and dismay after President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United States, the world's second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris Agreement.

But they also pledged to defend the and not to backtrack in the fight against climate change.

In an exceptional step, continental Europe's three biggest economies—Germany, France and Italy—issued a joint statement in which they criticised Trump's and said the pact was "not renegotiable."

"We note the United States' decision with regret," they said, describing the accord as "a vital tool for our planet, our societies and our economies."

"We are firmly convinced that the agreement cannot be renegotiated," they added, referring to part of the Trump announcement which said Washington was open to negotiating a new agreement.

Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Union's executive Commission, lashed Trump's decision as "seriously wrong."

The body's commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Canete also pledged continued "global leadership" on climate change.

"The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration," he said in a statement.

"The Paris Agreement will endure. The world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership in the fight against climate change.

The impacts of climate change

"Europe will lead through ambitious climate policies and through continued support to the poor and vulnerable," he added.

In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "regret" at the decision, and called for a continuation of "climate policies which preserve our world."

Seven Social Democratic ministers in her coalition government said the United States "is harming itself, we Europeans and all the people of the world."

In France, the Elysee presidential palace said newly-elected leader Emmanuel Macron had phoned Trump to say that "nothing was negotiable" in the Paris agreement.

France and the United States "would continue to work together," but not on climate change, the presidential office said.

Paris city hall meanwhile said it would illuminate its building in green on Thursday "in a sign of disapproval" of Trump's announcement and to recall the determination of cities around the world to fight climate change.

In Rome, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni urged against any retreat from fighting climate.

"Let's not go backwards from the Paris Agreement," he said on Twitter. "Italy is committed to reducing (carbon) emissions, to renewable energy, sustainable development."

French President Emmanuel Macron phoned US President Trump to say that "nothing was negotiable" in the Paris agreement

Green anger

Among environment groups, Climate Action Network said the withdrawal "signals that the Trump Administration is in total discord with both reality and the rest of the world."

"Unfortunately, the first to suffer from this injudicious decision is the American people," the group, an alliance of activists, said.

"This action is totally contrary to their best interests: their health, security, food supply, jobs and future."

Friends of the Earth International said "pulling out of the Paris Agreement would make the US a rogue state on . The rest of the world cannot let the US drag it down."

Oxfam France branded the decision as "shameful and irresponsible, scorning people and world peace."

Among the scientific community, Britain's prestigious Royal Society said Trump's decision would hamper US innovation in cleaner technology.

"The future is in newer, cleaner and renewable technologies, not in fossil fuels," said the society's president Venki Ramakrishnan.

"Such technologies will also help in our fight against air pollution and ensure greater energy security globally. President Trump is not putting America first, he is tethering it to the past."

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4.5 / 5 (8) Jun 01, 2017
Trump hauls the US out of the Paris agreement, leaving it alone with Syria and Nicaragua.

He's a Russian puppet, destroying the USA as per the Russian textbook _Foundations of Geopolitics_:
Da Schneib
5 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2017
Trump's still trying to do something-- anything-- to deflect attention from the Russia scandal that's destroying his presidency. This was a foregone conclusion.
Da Schneib
5 / 5 (4) Jun 02, 2017
Let's inject a little of that reality that Trump and the rest of the alt-right are so afraid of. Here's Politifact's review of Trump's speech. The man lies at every turn: http://www.politi...rawing-/
4.3 / 5 (6) Jun 02, 2017
Da Schneib:

The deflections aren't working, because he's also blurting about Russia all the time, though (irrelevantly) in denial. Hell, even "covfefe" translates to "soviet".

He's pathological - he destroyed his inherited businesses one after the other too.
4.4 / 5 (7) Jun 02, 2017
Da Schneib:

[...] Elizabeth Spiers wrote in a post on Twitter.

"I told Jared that I was particularly appalled by his father-in-law's birtherism stance, which I viewed as cynical and racist.

"He rolled his eyes and said 'He doesn't really believe it, Elizabeth. He just knows Republicans are stupid and they'll buy it'".

[...] a friend of the mogul-turned-politico once told her Mr Trump would "lie to you about what time of day it is, just for the practice".

Just look at the stupid/insane/evil trolls in comment threads who echo Trump talking points. It sure looks like some work for troll nets centered around Russia, but others are among the 60M Republicans who honestly believe these stupid lies.
1 / 5 (4) Jun 02, 2017
The only better than President Trump dumping this bad deal his how much he can get the liberals wound up. I'm really going to love the next 7 1/2 years of Trump being the president of America to include the hyperventilating liberals.
4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2017
The only

So the majority of Americans are liberals, and 80% of the Western world too. Including the heads of US industry. In a few months it'll be 2:1 liberals in the USA.

You're a Russian agent.
5 / 5 (3) Jun 02, 2017
The thing is whether the pull-out will even have any effect. It's not far off that the energy sources will be part and parcel of any product's 'ingredients' description. Guess how that will affect products that source their energy from fossil fuels?

Companies who have any kind of export oriented product surely understand that not investing in this will hurt their bottom line.

1 / 5 (3) Jun 02, 2017
The irony is obviously lost on all, that the biggest liar to sit in the oval office has put a dent in the biggest lie against humanity.
4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2017
The irony

That's not irony. It's perfectly obvious that Trump is as wrong about this biggest policy catastrophe as he is about all the many, many others.

Except to committed climate deniers like you. Likewise committed Trump cultists can't tell from his attacking the climate that he's filth. That isn't irony either.

It's fascinating that denialist ideologues of whatever stripe can be expected to have a deeply malfunctioning sense of irony.
Da Schneib
5 / 5 (1) Jun 03, 2017
I'm going with "Trump Paris pullout."

3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 03, 2017
The thing is

The other thing is that Trump can't pull out immediately:
"Because of the way the agreement was designed, it will take years for the US to fully exit it. According to its rules, the earliest Trump could give written notice of the US's withdrawal would be November 2019, and the US wouldn't officially exit it until November 4, 2020 — the day after the next presidential election."

That's because typically the US government leads with real commitments. Not lunatic covfefe tweets and spastic treason. This Trump parasite can be flushed out of our body politic guts without killing us.

His zombie army of suicidal (actually suigenocidal) will take longer.
not rated yet Jun 03, 2017
His zombie army of suicidal (actually suigenocidal) will take longer.

As a US citizen, I sometimes hope that the idiocy that led to Trump will die out with the older generation. But with the current US cultural belief that ignorance somehow trumps education, I sometimes lose hope.
1 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2017
Led to Trump will die out with the older generation. But with the current US cultural belief that ignorance somehow trumps education, I sometimes lose hope.

I am 70 and it does not get much older than that. I have seen America go from the front runner when I was a kid, to the second rate country it is today. I am sure you will find a way to blame that on President Trump.
3 / 5 (2) Jun 08, 2017
I am 70

Since this American decline has coincided with your lifetime, it's clearly the fault of you and people like you. Voting Trump was your crowning achievement, but Reagan/Bush, Bush/Quayle and Bush/Cheney were a long hard slog for you people.

Really we blame Trump on you.
1 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2017
EmceeSquared since your comment followed so close to mine I assume you are responding to my comment.
I am sorry(not) but as I have told you time and time again, I have muted/ignored you since you are just a no brain troll.
4 / 5 (4) Jun 08, 2017
EmceeSquared since

Since I directly quoted you by name, of course I was responding to your comment. And somehow you reply to my posts even though you have "muted/ignored" me.

I'm not the troll. I post facts and logic designed to further the discussion, such as forcing you to admit the facts and logic. That you don't is because you're a troll, posting only to provoke flames without facts or logic or any other value.

You're the textbook rightwing troll: You project your own major malfunctions on the people confronting you with reality.

We blame Trump on you. He represents you perfectly in his hideousness. And any American decline is your fault too, with your cohort of anti-Americans.

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