ME politicians react to USA withdrawal from Paris accord


Responding to President Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate accord, Guterres said he is "deeply convinced" that states, cities, the business community and civil society will remain engaged. One question is how to fill the gap in contributions to the global climate fund, which provides financing for efforts to confront the warming threat. "This will also make the world vulnerable to expected disasters within the coming 100 years", Birpinar added, calling on all the signatory countries to "take on the responsibility in order to prevent a catastrophe".

President Trump had previously described climate change as a hoax by the Chinese to damage United States manufacturing.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox also criticized Trump's move, saying on Twitter: "He's declaring war on the planet itself". While non-binding under worldwide law, it represented concerted effort on behalf of almost all the world's leaders to tackle climate change.

Mexican ministers said the world had a "moral imperative" to live up to the commitments made in the Paris climate pact, while Brazil's foreign ministry said it was concerned and disappointed by Washington's move.

More than a dozen of the largest companies operating in the US banded together to urge Trump to stay in the pact.

"U.S. business is best served by a stable and practical framework facilitating an effective and balanced global response", the letter stated.

In a phone call with the USA president shortly after his White House announcement, Mrs May expressed her "disappointment" at the move and stressed the United Kingdom remains committed to the landmark 2015 agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Tech firms are among the nation's biggest electricity users.

On Friday, the head of Russia's state-controlled Rosneft oil giant said that that a rise in shale oil output in the USA would likely offset the effect from the OPEC and Russian production cuts. He cited a faulty study from the pro-industry U.S. Chamber of Commerce to claim the pact would kill 2.7 million jobs.

- Echoing one of Trump's common utterances, Richard Branson told Bloomberg it was "sad".

"Unfortunately, the first to suffer from this injudicious decision is the American people", the group, an alliance of climate activists, said.

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"China will work with all relevant parties to enhance cooperation, press ahead with the negotiation and implementation of enforcement rules, and promote green, low-carbon and sustainable global growth", she said.

"I made the UK's position clear to president Trump last week at the G7 meeting, as did the other G7 leaders, and I made the position clear to president Trump last night".