Paris deal not tough enough on India, China, says Trump as US withdraws from climate agreement

Donald Trump said the deal allowed India to double its coal production by 2020. He also said that while other countries benefited from the Paris deal, it was America that remained at a huge disadvantage.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 7:39 am
 US withdraws from Paris Climate agreement, India on Paris Climate agreement US president Donald Trump (File Photo)

Announcing US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, President Donald Trump said the deal was not tough enough on other countries like India and China. The president added, “India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020,”. He also mentioned that the European nations are also allowed to do the same.

The Paris Climate agreement aims at protecting the planet from the rising threats of climate changes. The president said, “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.”

He said the other countries got monetary aid from the United States and that the deal was not monetarily beneficial to the country as it cost them a lot of jobs. Trump said the agreement was putting every other country at an advantage by putting America at a “great financial disadvantage”. He called the Paris agreement a “self-inflicted major economic wound.”

He said America was committed to protection of environment but the onus had to be borne by all participating countries equally.

Trump’s decision to withdraw means the United States will become just the third country to remain out of the Paris Agreement, the other two being Nicaragua and Syria, both of which, unlike the US, never joined.

Trump said he was willing to work with Democrat leaders to reenter the Paris agreement on terms fair to the US.

“Until we do that, we are out of the agreement,” he said.

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    vivek
    Jun 2, 2017 at 7:05 am
    On one hand India is striving to achieve its goal on non polluting energy sources by putting solar alliance in place it is very sad that Americas are pul out for climate change accord instead of helping this Indian sponsored initiative they are thinking it otherwise.
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      Kabir Kabir
      Jun 2, 2017 at 6:43 am
      Trump is an i d i o t. He does not represent all of America. There are lots of corporations and people in the US who are pioneers in fighting climate change, Elon Musk for example. They will still carry on in the fight against climate change. Trump is a temporary nuisance, that's all.
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        THATHAMAN
        Jun 2, 2017 at 6:36 am
        FFIRST LET THE OVER ENTHUSIASTIC SANGHIS IN USA KNOW THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE AMERICAN SNAKE. WHOM THEY HAVE VOTED AND THE INDIAN NATIONALISTS WHO CELEBRATED HIS VIC RY. NOW INDIA FIRST MODI WILL COMPROMISE FIRST TO HEED TO TRUMPH BLACKMAIL AND MAY AGREE FOR LESSER COAL PRODUCTION? ANY THING IS PASSIBLE WITH MODI BECAUSE HE THINKS SO U.S WILL NOT INTERFERE IN INDIA-PEKISTHAN'S KASHMIR ISSUE. THERE TOO YOU CAN NOT TRUST A SNAKE. MNS MADE AMERICAN TO AGREE TO CERTAIN CLASSES ON THE NUCLEAR DEALWITH GREAT ZEAL OF A STASMAN WHAT HE IS.THIS OVERSMART MODI WILL FAIL IN HIS KASHMIR POLICY TOO
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          chander
          Jun 2, 2017 at 6:29 am
          US deficit is now a staggering $20 trillion. The Paris agreement talks about reducing carbon dioxide and nothing about highly toxic methane and nitrous oxide. Carbon dioxide is required for plants which gives out life sustaining oxygen for humans. Let us stop buying nitrate and urea man made fertilizer that contributes to not only nitrous oxide but also poisons ground water from urea fertilizer run off from farms. Donald Trump is required to fix the US economy and not provide funds to the UN green climate fund that is increasingly controlled by corrupt politicians for corrupt purposes.
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            S.Kumar
            Jun 2, 2017 at 6:21 am
            We must retaliate against the US steps which hurt India. No longer should we remain silent and stand with folded hands. Trump is showing the world how unreliable the US is.
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              Awadh Jha
              Jun 2, 2017 at 6:02 am
              So the carbon credit system for promoting developing countries adpt environment upgradation measures for reducing global temp rise had ended.
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                Ivan
                Jun 2, 2017 at 5:59 am
                The US industries will move to cleaner energy with or without the Paris deal since the efficiencies of engines keep rising and there is a distinct shift to natural gas for power generation. The fact is so much of renewable energy is not viable without heavy subsidies. Why should the US have to subsidise other countries for no benefit to its own workers? If India and China want to keep burning coal, they will have to find means of reducing the resultant pollution at their own expense. In any case I don't believe that the much feared climate change has much to do with the carbon dioxide put out by man and his industry. I know China benefited enormously from the push to renewables since they are the hub for solar panels and cheap generators. What does anybody else gain from this, apart from those who create an artificial market for carbon subsidies?
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                  S.Kumar
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 6:26 am
                  No one objected to the US when it was rapidly polluting during its high growth period. But now the US is objecting to the pollution being created by China and India during its high growth period. The US and other western countries must stop objecting !!!
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                    Ivan
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 9:30 am
                    Sir, Indian and Chinese pollution have their greatest effect on Indian and Chinese peoples directly. We have the greatest incentive to reduce pollution. Why should the US control its carbon emissions only so that India and China can pollute more? Whatever happened in the past we in India have the greatest incentive to see it that we produce energy cleanly and efficiently. But this does not require the US to sacrifice for us, in the form of cross subsidies in the artificial carbon credit markets.
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                    Ramesh Nittoor
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 6:31 am
                    over last 2-3 years solar energy has become more viable than coal. In US long term plans eliminate coal totally by 2050. New research show Lithium battery efficiency can be improved theoretically upto 10 times. Pretty soon car with same weight with range of 800KM instead of 150KM at present be reality, and would drastically disrupt car manufacturing. Energy distribution and even production will see a game changer scenario. China at present is in forefront on this new wave of technologies, and India can not catch-up unless it opts for collaboration. Be it opening up banking, or manufacturing, or education, where slow but sound steps are being taken, India is likely to miss out the next road bend and literally be in a ditch. Hope the inclination for open economic architecture of Modi govt comes through.
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                      anand
                      Jun 2, 2017 at 6:47 am
                      The real face of the US is out. Us is the main culprit for causing maximum pollution . Please check per capita consumption of electric power or fuel consumption with those of India, it becomes obvious. When a poor country like India wants to develop , US is objecting to its efforts . for nearly two decades US gave lectures to India on free market economy to grab the market. When India started improving its business processes and wants to enter US market, US went into s and becomes protective . Sorry boss what you have lost is your face. US is not a reliable partner and it is time other countries to ume leadership in international economy.
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                        Joe
                        Jun 2, 2017 at 7:16 am
                        Ivan> Because the US and the developed world have contributed drastically more to the current situation so they cannot shift an equal portion of the burden onto developing countries. 15 of annual global emissions still come from the US, 30 of the stock of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are because of the US.
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                          Joe
                          Jun 2, 2017 at 7:19 am
                          The percentage typo doesn't register on the comments.
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                            Ivan
                            Jun 2, 2017 at 9:39 am
                            Joe if you recall the hype around climate change from the 90s onwards, we were told that the entire planet is doomed on account of global warming. Now I have no reason to believe that they have got the science correct. But even if that were the case why should the US tighten its belt, only for India and China to continue increasing their reliance on coal. If these global warming alarmists were sincere, they would have called for a total ban on coal. But what we got instead is a w transfer of wealth from the richer countries into the coffers of the those who could get into the global warming lobby. This has benefited me not one iota, only those whose are connected to the carbon credit markets. Now they could be Indians or Chinese businessmen, but it does not benefit me in any way.
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                          Ben Smith
                          Jun 2, 2017 at 5:53 am
                          We need to identify all the stupid Indian-Americans who supported Trump and donated to his campaign without realizing that this guy has no Honor, integrity or Knowledge of the facts. This episode should also alert the Indian media not to get "hysterical" over foreign politicians claiming to love Hindus. Trump is now pro-China big time and will not hesitate to penalize India like Germany to show that he is tough.
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