The incumbent US President Donald Trump has described the international agreement against global warming as “very unfair and one-sided”. The goal of the Paris Agreement was to “kill the American economy,” said Trump in a video message published on Sunday at the G20 summit. Under his leadership, the United States withdrew from the agreement so as not to lose “millions of American jobs and trillions of dollars” to the “world’s worst polluters,” he said.
Trump said his administration had done a lot to protect the environment even without “unilateral international agreements”. Trump’s stance was in direct contradiction to the stance of all the other leading economic powers at the summit, who have signed the Paris Agreement and are campaigning for climate protection.
Merkel counters Trump: “We see it differently”
Chancellor Angela Merkel said after the summit that there was no controversy about the topic at the meeting. With a view to Trump’s statements on the climate protection agreement, she said: “But from our point of view you have to say that we see it differently.” The Paris Agreement assigns different responsibilities to the different actors. There is a difference of opinion on the subject, but it is not new, she said.
According to forecasts by the US media, the Republican Trump lost the presidential election on November 3rd. The Democratic election winner Joe Biden has already announced that the United States would rejoin the Paris Agreement under his leadership. Biden is due to be sworn in as the new US President on January 20th.
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The G20 summit organized by the host Saudi Arabia took place as a video switch due to the corona pandemic. Together, the members of the G20 represent more than 85 percent of global economic output and two-thirds of the world’s population.