Print Edition - 2017-06-04  |  World News Digest

Isolated US flays climate critics


Jun 4, 2017-

The White House hit back Friday at criticism of Donald Trump’s decision to scrap a major global climate deal, accusing Europe of trying to “shackle” the US economy and refusing to acknowledge climate change is real. With the United States virtually isolated on the world stage, a string of administration officials went on the offensive Friday to justify the Republican president’s decision to abandon the 195-nation Paris deal curbing global emissions. Trump’s top climate advisor Scott Pruitt was indignant: “The world applauded when we joined Paris. And you know why? I think they applauded because they knew it would put this country at a disadvantage.” “The European leaders, why do they want us to stay in? They know it will continue to shackle our economy,” said Pruitt, who serves as Trump’s Environment Protection Agency administrator. That combative tone came amid a wave of bitter condemnation from around the world and as Trump and his aides refused to say whether he believes climate change is real, in line with the global scientific consensus.

Published: 04-06-2017 09:54

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