The President of France has promised that his country would cover the amount of money the U.S. had previously contributed towards a United Nations panel conducting climate research.
President Trump announced over the summer that he would remove the U.S. from the U.N.’s Paris Climate Agreement or try to “renegotiate” it because it was a bad deal for the American economy. Previously, the U.S. has contributed around 2 million euros annually to the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that the panel, “will not miss a single euro,” Reuters reported.
Macron has tried to be somewhat of the anti-Trump, and this was an easy opportunity to enforce that notion. Trump had referred to the Paris deal — which has 195 signatories between 194 countries and the European Union — as “unfair” to the U.S. While Trump has remained publicly committed to the coal industry, Macron has said France will look to close down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2021.
Macron’s administration has said Trump is “for the time being” not invited to a climate change summit in France set for next month, though more than 100 other countries and organizations will be in attendance.
Trump’s decision regarding the Paris climate deal was received with plenty of criticism in the U.S. and abroad. In response, California Governor Jerry Brown, Michael Bloomberg and others committed to the tenets of the Paris agreement have led “America’s Pledge on Climate Change,” a coalition to coordinate efforts to combat climate change by states, cities, businesses, universities and private citizen in the absence of support from the White House.