India Slams Trump's Charges it Signed Paris Climate Deal for Money

Danny Woods
June 8, 2017

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that United States president Donald Trump's statement withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement had come as a shock for India but he was sure that America would rethink its decision.

He said that India would get billions of dollars for meeting its commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement along with China and gain a financial advantage over the US.

Tillerson had reportedly been among the advisors encouraging Trump to remain in the deal, arguing that staying in was good for United States business while leaving would isolate the United States internationally. When pressed about Trump's beliefs, advisors Gary Cohn and Kellyanne Conway told journalists to "ask him".

Lori Robertson, managing editor of FactCheck.Org which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Centre, said there was nothing in the Paris agreement that stipulates which countries can and cannot build coal plants.

Ms. Haley last week also defended the president's views on climate change.

Leaders all across the world, however, condemned Trump's decision to abandon the global climate accord.

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"This president has said that we truly need an all-of-the-above approach", Pruitt said.

Trump's withdrawal from the Paris accord - making the USA just one of three countries, along with Syria and Nicaragua, not to participate - has been widely condemned by political and corporate leaders. Developed countries make a pledged contribution to the fund, which will go towards preparing developing nations for climate change and helping them keep their greenhouse gas emissions low.

For years Trump bashed global warming as a "hoax" and a "total con job".

Haley said the terms of the worldwide agreement curbing global emissions-signed by every country but Nicaragua and Syria-were "too onerous" and placed American companies at a disadvantage.

Former Vice President Al Gore, a champion of environmental causes who tried personally to persuade Trump to keep the United States in the agreement, echoed Kerry. We are going to remain engaged internationally.

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