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World leaders scold Trump for leaving Paris accord


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World leaders scold Trump for leaving Paris accord

World leaders, especially in Europe, reacted harshly to President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to pull the United States out of the Paris climate pact. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni released a joint statement Thursday criticizing Trump’s decision and rebuking the idea that he can help renegotiate a new climate deal. “We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies,” the statement read. Trump said the 195-country pact treated the United States unfairly, and the only way to “put the well-being of American citizens” first was to withdraw. On Thursday night dozens of cities across the world lit up landmarks with green lights to show support for the Paris climate accord. Green lights appeared on tourist attractions in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Mexico City, Montreal, and Paris, among others.

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Evan Wilt Evan is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a former WORLD reporter.

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Albert Kuyerhuis

As parents everywhere well know, it takes courage to say this two-letter word, "NO", and then to show resolve that No indeed means No. Nowhere is that resolve more absent than in the world of diplomacy where a Yes often means the opposite and or to a certain degree or shade. It is strikingly ironic that leaders are so upset about it because as a candidate Mr. Trump campaigned on it by promising to pull out of this deal. The fact that they seem to have interpreted this promise as mere rhetoric, reveals much about these President Trump naysayers as to their own campaign promises being just that rhetoric with a short shelf life. Who would have thought in 2015, after the Paris deal was announced with so much bluster by President Obama that his successor in Washington would walk away from it so soon.

 

Fuzzyface

Thank you Steve for your clear and detailed rebutal of the climate change dogmatists.

Fuzzyface

Because it is 'settled science.'  Wrong on both accounts.

Steve Shive

Trump against the world?!

Or is it common sense against the world?