German Chancellor Angela Merkel Vows 'More Decisive Action Than Ever' On Climate
Jun 06 2017 by Desiree Burns
World leaders pledged Thursday to keep up the fight against global warming and urged Donald Trump to be part of that effort, hours before the US president was due to announce whether he would pull out of the Paris climate accord.
"China will stand by its responsibilities on climate change", Li told reporters in Berlin, according to a German translation, adding it was standing by its global responsibilities and also setting national targets.
Merkel made the remarks in a joint news conference with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, following their bilateral meeting in Berlin on Thursday.
European and Canadian officials have warned Trump that the US risks ceding global leadership on combating climate change to China, if it withdraws from the Paris accord.
Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the USA government not to abandon global measures against climate change.
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"China is a big country, and China will therefore keep to its worldwide responsibility", he added in an apparent sideswipe at the U.S. President.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive.
European Council president Donald Tusk tweeted: "Please don't change the (political) climate for the worse". We will also ask Trump to review his decision and join the bandwagon of climate friendly countries, which in the words of German chancellor is akin to preserve our creation.
Johnson told Sky News that Britain still wants the U.S.to take the lead in fighting climate change and called on individual US states to keep making progress on that front.
Miguel Arias Cañete, an European Union commissioner on energy, told the news network in a statement that the European Union and China "are joining forces to forge ahead on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the global transition to clean energy". Since then she has hosted Li and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the other day President Donald Trump while living up to its character announced withdrawal from the Paris Treaty, much to the dismay and anguish of not only the whole world but also its own people as the USA state governors, city mayors and powerful companies while standing in defiance pledged to meet greenhouse gas emissions regardless of Trump's decision. Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to 3 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.