French pres­i­dent urges U.S. to ‘re­spect’ cli­mate deal

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Karl Rit­ter

MAR­RAKECH, Morocco — French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande on Tues­day urged the United States to re­spect the “ir­re­versible” Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change, and said France will lead a di­a­logue on the topic with Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump “on be­half of the 100 coun­tries that have rat­i­fied” the deal.

Hol­lande, speak­ing to a U.N. cli­mate con­fer­ence in Morocco, praised Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for his role in get­ting the land­mark pact adopted in the French cap­i­tal last year.

“The United States, the most pow­er­ful econ­omy in the world, the sec­ond­largest emit­ter of green­house gases, must re­spect the com­mit­ments that were made,” he said. “It’s not sim­ply their duty, it’s in their in­ter­est.”

Sci­en­tists say oil and other fos­sil fuels are the big­gest con­trib­u­tors to man- made warm­ing. Trump, how­ever, has called global warm­ing a “hoax” and pledged dur­ing his cam­paign to “can­cel” the Paris deal.

“The agree­ment was his­toric,” Hol­lande said. “But what we must say here is that this agree­ment is ir­re­versible.” Hol­lande

Ear­lier, U.N. Sec­re­taryGen­eral Ban Ki-moon said he hopes Trump will shift his course on global warm­ing and “un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness and ur­gency” of ad­dress­ing the prob­lem.

“As pres­i­dent of the United States, I’m sure that he will un­der­stand this, he will lis­ten and he will eval­u­ate his cam­paign re­marks,” Ban told re­porters in Mar­rakech.

The Paris Agree­ment was signed by more than 190 coun­tries and has been for- mally ap­proved by more than 100 of them, in­clud­ing the United States and even oil-rich Saudi Ara­bia.

Ban called international cli­mate ac­tion “un­stop­pable” and said that no coun­try, “how­ever re­source­ful or pow­er­ful,” is im­mune from the im­pacts of global warm­ing.

“We have no right to gam­ble with the fate of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions — or im­peril the sur­vival of other species that share our planet,” Ban told the con­fer­ence.

Trump’s elec­tion has cre­ated un­cer­tainty about the U.S. role in the Paris deal, which calls on all coun­tries to re­duce or curb their green­house gas emis­sions and en­cour­ages rich coun­tries to help poor ones deal with cli­mate change.

King Mo­hammed VI of Morocco urged del­e­gates at the con­fer­ence to trans­late their com­mit­ments into ac­tions.

“What’s at stake is the very ex­is­tence of man,” the king said.

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