Obama slams Trump’s withdrawal from Paris accord, says it opened jobs in US

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US President claimed that the climate deal was unfair


Former US President Barack Obama and other political leaders on Firday slammed Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the historic Paris climate deal, saying he has squandered America’s global leadership and put the country with “a small handful of nations that reject the future.”


“The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack,” Obama said in rare a statement.


“But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got,” he said.


He said it was the steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made the Paris agreement possible. “It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well,” Obama said.

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He did not name Trump, but said that for the nations that committed themselves to the future, the Paris deal opened the “floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale.”


In a press conference on Friday, Trump announced that the US will withdraw from the accord, calling it unfair for the US.(read more)


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