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Trump’s speech on Paris climate deal: Here’s what the US President said on India

US President Donald Trump named India and China among the reasons he called the Paris Accord unfair to the United States.

world Updated: Jul 13, 2017 23:39 IST
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Environmental activists and supporters display placards during a demonstration in New York, to protest US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 195-nation Paris climate accord deal.
Environmental activists and supporters display placards during a demonstration in New York, to protest US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 195-nation Paris climate accord deal.(AFP Photo)

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he was withdrawing the United States from the historic Paris Accord, citing among other reasons that the deal was not tough enough on India and China.

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” the president announced from the White House. Withdrawing from the deal also fulfills one of Trump’s presidential campaign promises.

“...India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries. 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,” Trump said in his speech.

“India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it: India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants,” he said.

While shutting the dialogue on the current accord -- drawn up under the Obama administration -- Trump kept the door open for a “new transaction” on terms that are fair to the US.

“We’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. If we can, that’s great,” he said.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told German chancellor Angela Merkel that India will stay in the accord, irrespective of what the United States does.

The Paris accord took nearly three years to negotiate, with countries fighting to ensure each bore the least cost of climate change while balancing necessary measures to cut emissions.

India, along with China, argued that they did not have to reduce emissions from coal-fired plants by way of differentiated responsibility for historical emitters such as the United States. It further managed to not pay for climate change mitigation citing that it was among the most-affected countries.

However, India did agree to have their climate mitigation targets reviewed every five years.