A coal-fired power station in Mount Storm, W.Va., in January. The coal industry played an instrumental role in efforts to unwind the Obama administration’s climate policies. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
By CORAL DAVENPORT and ERIC LIPTONJUNE 3, 2017
WASHINGTON — The campaign ad appeared during the presidential contest of 2008. Rapid-fire images of belching smokestacks and melting ice sheets were followed by a soothing narrator who praised a candidate who had stood up to President George W. Bush and “sounded the alarm on global warming.”
It is difficult to reconcile the Republican Party of 2008 with the party of 2017, whose leader, President Trump, has called global warming a hoax, reversed environmental policies that Mr. McCain advocated on his run for the White House, and this past week announced that he would take the nation out of the Paris climate accord, which was to bind the globe in an effort to halt the planet’s warming.
World leaders have been voicing their concern about US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China would stand by its responsibilities on climate change and join hands with all parties to tackle it. Former US President Barack Obama accused Trump of “rejecting the future,” while British Prime Minister Theresa May told Trump of her “disappointment” over the decision. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the withdrawal was “very regrettable”. What will Washington’s pullout from the Paris accord mean to the world? CGTN’s Liu Xin speaks to Zhao Hai, Research Fellow of the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University and Lo Sze Ping, CEO of the World Wildlife Fund in China.
This edition of The Point starts by discussing the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. What will the move mean for the world? And will it draw countries closer together or curb the momentum of global efforts? The show then focuses on the EU-China Business Summit and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. How will recent events influence economic cooperation between participants?
Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Former US Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore arrives in Los Angeles. When asked about President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, Gore responded, “this is a reckless and indefensible move. It undermines the standing of our country and threatens the ability of humanity to solve the climate crisis in time. But make no mistake about it, if President Trump will not lead this struggle, the American people will — CEO’s, civic leaders, mayors, governors, average citizens — we’re in the middle of a clean energy revolution now that is unstoppable. We are going to solve the climate crisis, no matter what President Trump does.”
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