France is the new leader of the free world, at least where climate change is concerned. After President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord in June, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday that France will cover the amount the U.S. contributed to the United Nations’ climate science research.
“They will not miss a single euro,” Macron said, according to Reuters.
The U.N. panel receiving the funding is the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Previously, the U.S. gave the IPCC about two million euros a year.
Je souhaite que l'Europe se substitue aux Américains. Malgré leur retrait, pas 1 centime ne manquera au GIEC (Groupe d'experts intergouvernemental sur l'évolution du climat). La France sera au rendez-vous. #COP23 pic.twitter.com/9Ih4Xe9dpf
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 15, 2017
When Trump announced his withdrawal of support and cooperation from the Paris agreement, he said it “disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries.”
“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States,” Trump said in a White House statement on June 1. The Trump administration filed a formal notice with the U.N. in August that it would be leaving the agreement as soon as they are eligible to do so, which will not be until November 2020.
Macron has criticized President Donald Trump for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, and he is not alone in the condemnation from world leaders and environmentalists, who all predict this could damage U.S. standing on international environmental concerns.
“I do respect his decision, but I do think it is an actual mistake, both for the United States and for the planet,” Macron said in an English-language speech at the Élysée Palace in June. “I tell you firmly tonight: We will not renegotiate a less ambitious accord. There is no way… If we do nothing, our children will know a world of migrations, of wars, of shortage. A dangerous world.”
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