Last week Donald Trump made an announcement that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. In response, the European Union and China have announced that they will be going over Trump’s head and work directly with the States.
“Strong transatlantic ties are far more important and far more durable than the latest unfortunate decisions of the new administration,” EU President Donald Tusk said at the end of an EU-China summit in Brussels.
Trump’s terrible decision to drop out of the Paris climate accord has caused EU officials to completely ignore the White House entirely. They will instead be working directly with Governors, mayors, and CEOs of major corporations.
The official statement also included the ambition of working even more closely with Canada, another nation that reacted defiantly to the Trump administration’s recent decision.
Despite Trump’s decision to drop from the agreement, China and the EU have vowed to make sure that the Green Climate Fund – donations from wealthy nations to help poorer countries meet their carbon-cutting targets – will be maintained.
“The decision of the United States to pull out of the Paris agreement is utterly regrettable, and that is me choosing very restrained language,” Angele Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, added.
“This is why it is necessary now after this announcement by the US administration yesterday evening, to turn our attention to the future.”
Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization said that it will donate $15 million to the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“We can’t wait for national governments to act on climate change,” Bloomberg noted on Twitter. “For solutions, look to cities.”