U.S. President Donald Trump has just expressed his position on the Paris Agreement on climate change. The U.S. will not be supporting the worldwide effort on healing the planet, according to Reuters.
As a response, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his disappointment with Trump’s decision. In an official statement, Trudeau said that they are “deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.”
“Canada is unwavering in our commitment to fight climate change and support clean economic growth. Canadians know we need to take decisive and collective action to tackle the many harsh realities of our changing climate,” Trudeau noted.
Trudeau added that even though Trump’s U.S. will not be a part of this Paris Agreement, Canada will still move forward with their “growing momentum” to fight climate change.
“We are proud that Canada stands united with all the other parties that support the Agreement. We will continue to work with our domestic and international partners to drive progress on one of the greatest challenges we face as a world.”
Trudeau has attended the G7 summit together with Trump and other world leaders in the hopes of achieving a sound conclusion to the climate change discourse, but it appears that the U.S. will be the only nation in the world, except Syria and Nicaragua, to be excluded in the agreement.
“This is not only about the huge economic opportunities of clean growth and the need to address the pressing threats of climate change. This is about an ambitious and unshakeable desire to leave a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for our kids and for generations to come.”
The world is supporting Trudeau and the rest of the world leaders who acknowledge the immediate need for the Paris Agreement. Other world leaders from France, Germany, and Italy also released a statement urging the president to revisit his stance.
Donald Trump initially said that he will not be supporting the Paris Agreement. However, he said he will “start to negotiate” to see “if we can make a deal.”
But the official statement from France, Germany, and Italy emphasizes that the agreement will be “irreversible” and “cannot be renegotiated.”
Trump’s withdrawal process is arduous and will take years to be accomplished, “creating an opening for him to reverse course and injecting it as an issue in the next presidential election,” according to Bloomberg.
According to the agreement, the earliest the U.S. can remove themselves from the agreement is November 4, 2020, which is a day after the next presidential election.
“The Paris accord would undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty, impose unacceptable legal risk and put us at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world,” Trump said.
“China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. We can’t build new coal plants, but China, India can.”
Though Trump thinks the agreement is an unfair agreement to the United States, Christiana Figueres disagrees.
Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, told the press that the White House “has no idea how a treaty works.”
Former President Barack Obama, who signed the Paris Agreement on behalf of the U.S. during his presidency, said that the treaty has actually “opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale.”
He also calls out to state leadership to stand up and rise against Donald Trump’s decision.
“Even in the absence of American leadership — even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future — I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way,” Obama said.
As for Trudeau, he has a call to action for everyone.
“We are all custodians of this world, and that is why Canada will continue to work with the U.S. at the state level, and with other U.S. stakeholders, to address climate change and promote clean growth. We will also continue to reach out to the U.S. federal government to discuss this matter of critical importance for all humankind, and to identify areas of shared interest for collaboration, including on emissions reductions.”
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