US President Trump defended his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord on Sunday, calling it “unjust and one-sided” even as President-elect Joe Biden pledged to join the landmark deal.
The United States officially left the 2015 Paris Agreement earlier this month, becoming the first country to withdraw from an international pact on climate change.
“I withdrew the United States from the unjust and unilateral Paris climate agreement, a very unfair act for the United States,” Trump said on the sidelines of a virtual G20 summit hosted by Arabia Arabia.
“The Paris agreement was not designed to save the environment. It was designed to kill the American economy.
“I refuse to give up millions of American jobs and send billions of US dollars to the world’s worst polluters and environmental offenders, and this is what would have happened.”
Trump has actively championed the fossil fuel industry, questioned the science of climate change, and weakened other environmental protections.
Trump, who refused to concede the bitter US election, gave one year’s notice to quit the Paris Agreement on November 4, 2019.
Biden promised the United States would join the Paris climate agreement on his first day in the White House in January, a move hailed by European leaders.
The US President-elect has proposed a $ 1.7 trillion plan to bring the United States, the world’s second-largest carbon emitter, to net zero by 2050.
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