In the aftermath of President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the historic Paris climate change agreement, everyone from former president Barack Obama to the Weather Channel to basically all of Twitter has warned against the dangers of global warming. This comes on the same day that Antarctica researchers warned that one of the continent's biggest ice shelves is days away from cracking off due to rising sea temperatures.
The U.S. is now one of three countries not in the Paris pact; the other two are Syria and Nicaragua, with the former in political turmoil and the latter rejecting the agreement for actually not going far enough to combat climate change. But, neither of those countries has the political visibility or polluting power of the U.S.
With the president maintaining that its reasons for leaving the Paris agreement are to better serve American interests - "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris" - other world leaders have condemned his decision, repledged their own commitments, or both. Some of their responses have been particularly notable:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel:
BREAKING: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she regrets US climate move, will keep working to 'save our Earth.'- The Associated Press (@AP) June 1, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.- Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 1, 2017
"We 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.
While the U.S. decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies. 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."
Please read my statement on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement: https://t.co/KHm4q80Uc0- Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 1, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron:
"Tonight, I wish to tell the United States: France believes in you, the world believes in you. I know that you are a great nation. I know your history, our common history. To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second home."
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:
"China will continue to uphold its commitments to the Paris climate agreement."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
"We do not have the right to spoil the environment for future generations ... that is, morally speaking, a crime on our part."
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov:
"President [Vladimir] Putin signed this convention in Paris. Russia attaches great significance to it. "At the same time, it goes without saying that the effectiveness of this convention is likely to be reduced without its key participants."
Spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Theresa May:
"The Prime Minister expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement, as she set out recently at the G7. She said that the Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses."
Australian energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg:
"We reiterate our full commitment to the Paris Accord."
"As Japan was hoping to work with the United States within the framework of the Paris agreement, the recent announcement by the US administration on its withdrawal ... is regrettable."
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also chimed in:
A historic mistake. The world is moving forward together on climate change. Paris withdrawal leaves American workers & families behind.- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 1, 2017
Even the mayor of Pittsburgh, which was name-checked in the president's speech, chimed in:
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. https://t.co/3znXGTcd8C- bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
For those worried about the immediate effects of the White House's reversal on climate change belief, keep in mind: the soonest that the Paris agreement's terms can actually be revoked is in four years:
It will take four years for us to actually leave the Paris Agreement. A lot can, and likely will, happen in US politics in that time.- Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) May 31, 2017
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