Korea says US withdrawal from Paris accord 'regrettable'

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2017

"We can not protect America's interests without a seat at the table, so San Diego will continue to lead on environmental protection", Faulconer said.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the USA from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies overseas. So there are great consequences for Jamaica, and we are not the cause of it. The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States.

"For the exclusive benefits of other countries, leaving American workers, who I love, and tax payers to observe the cost in terms of job loss, low wages, shattered factories and vastly diminished economic production".

Separately on Thursday, European heavyweights France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement that they regretted the United States' decision to withdraw from the accord, while affirming their "strongest commitment" to implement its measures.

Since Taiwan is also making efforts to achieve the carbon emission reduction aims put forward by the worldwide community, "our efforts will not change just because the USA are withdrawing from the climate change agreement", Huang said. They can do whatever they want for 13 years.

Barbara Hendricks told reporters in Berlin that other countries will fill the leadership vacuum left by the U.S. but none will be expected to make up the shortfall in emissions reductions caused by Washington's exit.

"Begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States".

"China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants".

Weak climate agreements: To accommodate the US' interests, countries have worked towards making climate agreements weak. We're supposed to get rid of ours. On the 1990 baseline, the USA will cut emissions by a mere 13-15 per cent by 2025 and 23-27 per cent by 2030.

"We are committed to continue working with all governments and partners in their efforts to fast forward climate action at global and national levels", the UNFCCC added.

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas told The Associated Press that the Paris accord "was, and still is a very important goal to achieve".

China too said it would keep up its end of the climate accord, even if the U.S. pulled out of it.

The White House had signaled earlier in the week that withdrawal was likely, but Trump has been known to change his mind at the last minute on such major decisions.

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