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Donald Trump pulls US out of Paris climate deal: Here’s how he targeted India, China, and what the world says

US President Donald Trump’s decision means the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases will exit the international effort to address dangerous global warming. The United States now joins the short list of countries that are not a part of the global pact signed by 195 countries in 2015 and which came into effect last November.

world Updated: Jun 02, 2017 15:38 IST
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Agencies, New Delhi
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Environmental activists and supporters take part in a demonstration in New York on Thursday to protest US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 195-nation Paris climate accord deal. (AFP)

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would withdraw the United States from the Paris deal, a landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from global leaders and executives.

Tapping into his campaign message “America First”, Trump said the Paris accord would undermine the US economy, cost US jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.

Trump’s decision means the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases will exit the international effort to address dangerous global warming. It joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to it.

In his 3,000-word, 27-minute euphoric speech made in the White House Rose Garden, Trump repeatedly slammed India, China and the rest of the world and cast the US as a victim of global machinations.

Here’s what the US President said on India and China, and how the world reacted to his speech:


* Trump accused New Delhi of trying to extract “billions and billions and billions” of dollars in foreign aid from the developed world to sign up for the climate accord.

* “For example,” said the US President, “under the agreement, China will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years – 13. They can do whatever they want for 13 years. Not us.”

* “China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.”

* “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.”

* Without naming China, but with obvious reference to Chinese tough trade practices, Trump said: “The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and, in many cases, lax contributions to our critical military alliance.”


Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said he believed Trump had made a mistake. “I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the US and for our planet… Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again.”

Downing Street issued a statement saying British Prime Minister Theresa May had told Trump of her “disappointment” at his decision and stressed that Britain remained committed to it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Trump’s announcement to turn his back on the Paris pact was “highly regrettable, to put it very mildly”. “This decision cannot and will not stop those of us who feel obligated to protect our Earth.”

Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, issued a rare statement saying the new administration had joined “a small handful of nations that reject the future”.

Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea regretted the US move and reiterated their commitment to implement the agreement.

Former US vice-president Al Gore called the move “reckless and indefensible”.

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox, who has often clashed with Trump, said on Twitter the US president was “declaring war on the planet itself”.

The European Union’s top climate change official, Miguel Arias Cañete, said Trump’s decision to leave the Paris accord made it “a sad day for the global community”.

Prof John Schellnhuber, a climate scientist and former adviser to the EU, Angela Merkel and the pope, said the US would be the loser from its withdrawal.

First Published: Jun 02, 2017 15:37 IST