Leaders from all over the world have dismissed Donald Trump’s claim that the Paris Agreement can be renegotiated. Shortly after Trump’s announcement, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy released a joint statement rejecting Trump’s assertion that the climate deal can be redrafted. German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni released the following statement:
The three leaders called on their allies to speed up efforts to combat climate change and promise to do more to help developing countries adapt. The European Union has rejected Donald Trump’s offer to renegotiate the Paris climate agreement and pledged instead to bypass Washington to work with US business leaders and state governors to implement the historic Agreement’s commitments. In 2015, nearly 200 countries agreed in Paris to curb greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent the runaway climate change that would occur should temperatures spiral 2C or more above the pre-industrial era. In a worst case scenario, the US withdrawal could add 0.3C to global temperatures by the end of the century.
Senior EU officials said they had been pleased by the reaction of the leaders of corporate America and the federal states, in a remarkable example of Trump’s isolation on the world stage. The US president’s decision had been met with a chorus of disapproval from blue-chip companies including Facebook, Apple, Ford and Microsoft. Also, a number of the US mayors and governors have also vowed to ignore Washington. No other country is yet to show any sign that they intend to join Trump’s decision to split from the Agreement. Russian president Vladimir Putin said in response to Trump’s announcement that he wanted to “refine” the agreement from within. India, despite facing the challenge of meeting the energy needs of millions of people who do not have electricity, have firmly stood by the Paris agreement.