Tuesday, June 6, 2017

US Politics: Donald Trump Withdraws USA from Paris Climate Agreement

US president Donald Trump has proclaimed to withdraw USA from the Paris Climate Agreement, as per his promise during election campaign. He has declared this on June 1st, at rose Garden, White House. This decision has been criticized by the world leaders since then. This news about US politics is the topic of discussion today. 

Paris Climate Agreement

The agreement was formed in 2015 in Paris. 188 countries, including USA, agreed to the proposal. The chief aim of this agreement is to hold the global average temperature below 20 above pre-industrial levels.  

Trump’s Argument behind this Decision

Mr. Trump reflected that this agreement hurt US economy. He also said that he was fulfilling the ‘America First’ campaign, which he pledged to help American workers. Additionally, according to him, this agreement would cost nearly 2.7m American jobs. “I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the US. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more and they won’t be.”said Mr. Trump. He added that he is interested in an agreement that is not against the interest of USA. Although, if that is not possible, his government will not be worried. 

Before this, Mr. Trump quit the Inter-Pacific Trade Agreement quoting the slogan ‘America first.’ But, that did not have much effect, which this decision may have. This can result in environmental hazard all over the world. This was the reason the agreement happened in the first place. 

Reaction of the World Leaders    

Many Democrat leaders criticized this decision severely, while the republican leaders welcomed it. 

Most of the countries included in the agreement pledged to maintain the conditions of the agreement.

Former president Barack Obama, who had important contribution behind this agreement, said, “The nations that remain in the Paris agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created.” 

Following Trump’s declaration, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emanuel Macron, and Italian president Paolo Gentiloni issued a joint statement. They regretted America’s quitting a “cornerstone in the co-operation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change.”   

On a separate video address, Mr. Macron echoed American president’s campaign slogan “Make America great again.” He said, “We all share the same responsibility: Make our planet great again.”

Downing Street reported that UK prime minister Theresa May had “expressed her disappointment with the decision.” 

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau told that he was “deeply disappointed.”

The environment minister of Japan, Koichi Yamamoto said, “I am deeply disappointed by President Trump’s decision to turn his back on the hard-won wisdom of humanity.”

This decision of the US president may not bring good results for USA, US politics, and for the world. Mr. Trump should rethink his decision for the greater good of humanity.      

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