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World leaders scold Trump for leaving Paris accord

by Evan Wilt
Posted 6/02/17, 12:01 pm

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 reporter for WORLD Digital based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Fri, 06/02/2017 05:49 pm

    Trump against the world?!

    Or is it common sense against the world?

  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Fri, 06/02/2017 08:18 pm

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

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Fri, 06/02/2017 11:21 pm

    As I Christian, I find it reprehensible to "put the well-being of Americans first" as President Trump asserts. 
    America is an incredibly rich country that consumes earth's resources at a much higher per captia rate than most other peoples, including the spewing of greenhouse gasses, and yet America has to be the holdout among all the other nations? Huh?

    This will not end well. The arrogance being displayed to the world that "America being great" is this president's stated goal to justify breaking with the Paris Agreement will not "make America great" in the eyes of other nations and will isolate us. 

    And don't hold your breath waiting for President Trump to negotiate a better deal than Paris.

    To plagarize one of Trump's favorite words....SAD.



  • Wayne Asbury
    Posted: Sat, 06/03/2017 09:30 am

    Well said Allen.  I guess the real problem  is still the ancient sins of pride, selfishness, and a lack of love.  I have to keep reminding myself that there are still lots of people who do care about more than their own interests and who daily strive to bring a little more love and grace to the world.

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Sat, 06/03/2017 01:08 am

    I am glad we pulled out, but I wish it was for more reasons than just jobs, although that may be valid.  I presume that was chosen because that's the reason that is most likely to be palatable to more people. 

    If the argument was that we're pulling out because the agreement is based on a huge fraud of incomplete and partially manipulated data to force forward an elitist power-grabbing agenda covered in a veneer of popular support from the brainwashed masses, and that the agreement itself is unlikely to have much of any significant effect on what it is really supposed to improve... the temperatures and climate of the Earth going forward... earning masses of money and power for its main proponents (who hypocritically produce masses of emissions with their comfortable living and transportation), there would be even more mockery and disdain... if possible.

    Many people believe the above description is accurate, not because they are making it up, but because those pushing the climate change/global warming agenda have given this very impression through their own heavy handed and sometimes dishonest actions and assertions.

    It is very unfair to act as if people who don't buy into this agenda are totally without concern or a sense of responsiblitiy for the environment and good stewardship of the earth.  I believe that many of these people actually care just as much or more, and in a more genuine way, than the big money people and organizations telling us all what to think and how to vote. 

  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Sat, 06/03/2017 12:24 pm

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

  • HJM
    Posted: Sun, 06/04/2017 11:55 am

    Thank you for speaking reasonably, Steve.  Well said.

  • Albert Kuyerhuis
    Posted: Sat, 06/03/2017 01:57 pm

    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.