Macron extends French welcome to US Climate Change Scientists
In light of US President Donald Trump’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron officially offered U.S. climate change scientists a “second homeland” in France. President Macron voiced these views alongside international concern about the U.S. President’s decision to withdrawal from the treaty governing environmental regulations last Thursday. Macron stated that this would lead to “a world of migrations, wars, of shortage – a dangerous world.”
Macron further responded by criticizing Trump’s campaign slogan, “make America great again,” saying instead that climate scientists should come to France to help “make our planet great again.”
Macron’s statements reflect the views of other world leaders, such as those of Germany, Italy, as well as various EU and UN officials.
Macron addressed the people of the United States by saying: “Tonight, I wish to tell the United States, France believes in you – the world believes in you … I know you are a great nation. I know your history – our common history.”
The treaty governing 194 countries, among which include the EU and China, agreed to sign the Paris Agreement. This included a number of measures designed to combat climate change, including regulations on greenhouse gases and funding for third-world nations.
The U.S. President opined that the current agreement would negatively affect U.S. businesses and workers, claiming that 2.7 million U.S. jobs could be compromised by 2025 if the agreement were signed.
European leaders informed President Trump that this agreement was no longer able to be amended. Upon hearing this, the U.S. President promptly rejected the Paris Agreement, withdrawing the United States from the accord.
The newly elected French President called President Trump’s move “an actual mistake both for the US and for our planet.”
Before President Trump’s decision, the French President had released a joint statement in cooperation with Germany and Italy stating that the Paris Accord could no longer be altered.
Disappointment with President Trump’s decision was expressed by leaders in other Nations. This included statements from Miguel Arias Canente, a leading climate official of the European Union, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, leaders from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and other major leaders of industry throughout the globe.
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