Facts Trump Got Wrong on His Attack of the Green Climate Fund

Andrew Cummings
June 3, 2017

"But the fight against climate change, and all the research, innovation and technological progress it will bring, will continue, with or without the United States". Avengers movie star Mark Ruffalo tweeted that if Trump made a decision to remove the United States then "he will have the death of whole nations on his hands".

Deon Terblanche of the World Meteorological Organization said the organization hasn't run any new scientific models following Trump's announcement.

In Tokyo, the Japanese government issued a diplomatic statement calling the American decision "regrettable" and vowed to work with the other signatories to implement the treaty. "And one man can't go back in time", the Terminator star said in the video, uploaded by news website ATTN, adding: "Only I can do that".

But the clearest denunciation came, as it often does, from nationalist Chinese tabloid Global Times, a state-owned paper whose editorials don't represent official policy but do often represent a strain of thinking within the Communist Party. Shares in the company plunged after it was clear that Trump, who has lashed out against wind turbine technology in the past, was the victor of the US election in November.

"There are many other examples but the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States".

A day after Trump rejected the Paris agreement, the European Union and Chinese leaders repeated their support for the deal.

The United States is the world's second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, so Trump's decision could seriously hamper efforts to cut emissions and limit global temperature increases. Coal consumption fell by around 1.3 percent last year, the third annual fall in a row, while China is "smashing records" for solar panel installations, installing enough panels to cover three football pitches every single hour of the year, according to Greenpeace.

"The Vatican would always respect the decision of a sovereign state", Cardinal Turkson added."We will continue to still talk about climate change and all of that, and hope that some change can occur midstream".

China is finding willing partners not just in the developing world, but also in the West.

Bainimarama said the rest of the world remained committed to the Paris deal, known as COP 21, struck in 2015 and signed by more than 190 countries. "America finally has a leader who answers only to the people - not the special interests who have had their way for much too long".

China has been vocal in defending the Paris accord, and has become the world's number one manufacturer, developer and exporter of renewable energy. And leaders around the world responded with urgency and unity.

And it is building dozens of polluting, subsidized coal plants in other countries, that could lock them into a dirty development path, Myllyvirta said.

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"The U.S. wind industry has broad bipartisan support because it is cost-effective and provides strong returns for investors", Dyrholm said.

Trump's announcement comes less than 18 months after the climate pact was adopted in the French capital, the fruit of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Obama's leadership. It is an absurdity dictated by the need to make money, ' he said.

Former campaign aide Sam Nunberg said Trump typically wanted to hear a wide range of ideas and advice when making a decision, though he said he always found the process to be organized.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday pledged "more decisive action than ever" to protect the climate after the U.S. pullout from the landmark Paris accord. And two, as he refuses to share the burden of the Third World in controlling global warming, competes with countries like India, the USA would be reduced to a selfish entity with no moral, financial or political leverage.

Yet seeing climate change largely in geopolitical terms, as a battle for supremacy between American and Chinese leadership, could be missing the point.

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