US President Donald Trump yesterday made the announcement that his country would withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate change deal.
The deal, agreed in December 2015, saw world leaders celebrate the promise of a greener future.
Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, made his support for the accord plain as he attended Paris’ COP21 in 2015 saying:
“The USA not only recognises our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it.”
A stance clearly not shared by the current US president who said: “The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers, who I love, and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic reduction. “
Greenpeace protesters in Berlin made their feelings about the move clear as they protested in front of the US embassy, projecting an image of Trump on the building with the words “#totalloser, so sad!”.
CEO of the European Climate Foundation Laurence Tubiana comments on the ramifications of Trump’s decision here