US president’s decision is ‘extremely regrettable’ but Germany and other countries are more determined than ever to tackle climate change, chancellor says.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate deal won’t stop the rest of the world from tackling climate change, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today in Berlin.
“The decision of the United States is extremely regrettable — and I am expressing myself very reservedly,” Merkel said. “This decision cannot and will not … stop us. To the contrary, Germany, Europe and the rest of the world will more determined than ever bundle their powers … to successfully tackle these challenges.”
The shift to a clean energy future is an engine for growth and well-being around the world, she said. Looking back at her decades of experience with climate talks, Merkel said she was “touched and delighted” about how many countries, companies and other players, including in the U.S., pledged support after Trump’s announcement.
Merkel added that Germany would stick to its international climate responsibilities — especially where climate finance for developing and poorer countries affected by climate change is concerned.
In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s decision Thursday, Merkel, together with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, issued a joint statement saying they had no intention of renegotiating the Paris climate agreement.
Merkel also said that Germany and France will jointly support Fiji, which hosts the upcoming COP23 climate conference that will take place in Bonn, Germany.
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