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US doesn't need India, France, China telling it what to do: Haley

06 June 2017

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday the US President Donald Trump's statement about his country exiting the Paris climate agreement came as a shock and that India is hopeful that the United States would rethink its decision of withdrawing from the accord.

"The administration comes off as tongue-tied and confused about the climate crisis because the truth is still inconvenient for the large carbon polluters", Gore said, "and they don't want to stop polluting the atmosphere, it interferes with their business plan".

In a June 1 speech in the White House Rose Garden that was littered with falsehoods, the president announced that the US would immediately cease all implementation of the climate accord and "the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country".

India was initially skeptical about joining the Paris accord, fearing that it would hold back the country's pace of development and frequently pointed out that it still needs to provide electricity to a quarter of its population. They are obliged to act with or without the United States.

The speech was riddled with misconceptions and factual errors.

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President Trump pulls the US out of the Paris climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But he says that the silver lining in Trump's decision could be that people would begin to galvanize around the issue. The letter states that despite US withdrawal, signatories will seek to uphold the commitments of the Paris Agreement, a global pledge to curb greenhouse gas emissions, within their own cities.

If the United States completes the withdrawal process from the climate deal, it will join Nicaragua and Syria - the only other countries who have not signed the agreement. "It may be the most self-defeating action in American history". Trump argued that the nonbinding agreement imposed "draconian financial and economic burdens on our country", and predicted it would cost millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to the USA economy - a stance critics quickly noted did not consider the health benefits from cutting emissions and the potential economic benefits of investments in clean energy.

"Trump's withdrawal is a catastrophe for the climate". The resulting faster economic growth could also increase Carbon dioxide emissions from these countries, especially if their energy mix is Carbon dioxide intensive.

He was convinced reducing emissions would cost millions of jobs, ignoring the record of other countries that have decoupled emissions growth from economic growth. There were no negotiations about how big the contributions of various countries should actually be: Trump only talks about "renegotiating" the deal because he never actually read it.

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The third and final factor is perhaps the most important. Those who had seen his March 28 Executive Order that reversed Barack Obama's climate and clean energy initiatives would know the next logical step.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, meanwhile offered assurances in television interviews on CNN and NBC that Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese, does indeed believe in climate change.

Trump, who withdrew the US from the Paris deal last week, claimed New Delhi would receive "billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from other nations" if it signed the agreement. This could help drive the country from a labor-intensive, developing economy - a world factory - to an innovation-based, developed one - a global innovation centre.

At the same time as the other rallies Saturday, a few hundred Trump supporters gathered on the street in front of the White House to applaud the president's withdrawal from the Paris treaty - a move criticized around the world - and to demonstrate their backing for the Republican president. That reputation looks very much out of date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective renewable energy sources - and reduced their reliance on fossil fuels.

Fourth, in addition to the climate strategy, China's other equally important worldwide strategy is the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative that focuses on massive investments in infrastructure, primarily on the Eurasian continent. The views expressed here are entirely his own.

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US doesn't need India, France, China telling it what to do: Haley