NEWS UPDATE: Trump and the Paris Climate Agreement

Paris Climate Agreement

Trump decides to leave Paris Climate Agreement: Macron’s view

A very recent “hot” topic on the news has been President Trump’s decision on the Paris Climate Agreement. Early yesterday morning, President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. “I don’t want anything to get in our way,” Trump stated. “The US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”

By withdrawing from the global climate pact, Trump successfully fulfilled one of his campaign promises that he supported; however, his decision was nearly universally rejected by many of our world leaders, including recently elected French President Macron.

About the Paris Climate Agreement

The Paris Climate Agreement, also referred to as the Paris Climate Accord, Paris Climate Deal or Paris Agreement is a pact sponsored by the United Nations to bring the world’s countries together in the fight against climate change. The agreement went into effect on Nov. 4, 2016, 30 days after at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of the world’s global emissions ratified it. Originally 195 nations originally signed up to participate in the agreement.

French President Emmanuel Macron: “It’s a mistake for our planet.”

Along with many foreign world leaders, President Emmanuel Macron had a very strong opinion on Trump’s decision. French President Emmanuel Macron said it was “essential for international equilibrium and the reputation of America that it remains engaged with the Paris treaty. The G7 had shown issues such as climate change are not side issues that can be left to others.”

French President Emmanuel Macron took his displeasure on Trump’s withdrawal a step further by making his stance clearer on Twitter: “I do respect President Trump’s decision but I think it’s a mistake for our planet,” Macron tweeted. “Climate change is already changing our daily lives. It’s not the future we want for our world.”

Macron also delivered an unprecedented speech at the Élysée Palace. Watch here President Macron give his three-minute statement – in English – on Trump’s decision.

“To all the scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision by the president of the United States, I want to say they will find in France a second homeland,” said Macron. “I call on them — come and work here with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate.”

“Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility to make our planet great again”
Emmanuel Macron