Global Leaders ‘Strike Back’ on Day 2 of Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal

Global Leaders ‘Strike Back’ on Day 2 of Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal

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Aric Lee Kristen, Real Time Updates Contributor

President Donald Trump announced yesterday, June 1st, America would be departing from the Paris climate agreement. His message was clear, the United States was “getting out” of the accord. 

His key points highlighted a federal attempt to put the US in a bind that would not help the country’s economy and its taxpayers. He alluded to a significant reduction in American jobs, including monumental decreases in coal, steel, and cement production. 

The decision sparked outrage from various supporters of the left, including the entire Democratic party. Tweets from many Democratic leaders circulated the net, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, and New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

Around the world, Trump’s decision saw even bigger blow back. French President Emmanuel Macron issued a statement during a press conference insisting that the climate agreement would be successful without the contributions from the United States. He even mocked Trump’s main campaign slogan by saying France would “make the planet great again.” 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the middle of a re-election campaign, opposed America’s decision as well. She stated, “we in Germany, in Europe and the world will band together to take more decisive action than ever to confront and successfully surmount major challenges to humanity such as climate change.” A German tabloid ran a vulgar headline, insinuating Trump’s decision would result in apocalypse altogether. 

Overseas in Russia, however, President Putin gave a very neutral response. While Russia has committed to the agreement, Putin said, “if such a major emitter as the US is not going to cooperate entirely then it won't be possible to agree any deal in this area,” and “but what has been said has been said. And we need to think what to do further.” 

Russia’s response, unlike Germany and France, casts a shadow of uncertainty to the future of the Paris agreement. If other countries do not meet their climate goals for 2025 and on, other powerful countries may look to leave as well. 
 Trump’s decision to withdrawal from the Paris agreement has seen significant hysteria from the media and foreign leaders. The President insists America will be environmentally conscious, and looks to pave the way for clean and green energy around the world, regardless of the departure from the Paris climate agreement. 

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