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France & Germany seize upon Pindo withdrawal from climate pact to push geopolitical interests
Peter Schwarz, WSWS, Jun 3 2017

Pres Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change has prompted denunciations from leading European politicians, including Merkel and Macron. Merkel called on “everyone for whom the future of our planet is important” to continue along the path together “so that we are successful for our mother earth.” She added:

Nothing can and will stop us … In Germany and in Europe, we are more determined than ever to pool all of the forces in the world.

Macron appealed to the global population in a video message an hour after Trump’s announcement, accusing Trump of committing a major mistake and imitating his election slogan by declaring “Make our planet great again.” Behind their melodramatic declarations, Merkel and Macron are exploiting the rift with Pindostan and Britain’s exit from the EU to build up the EU into a great power capable of competing with the US for global markets, investment opportunities and strategic influence. Following the Pindo withdrawal, Europe has drawn closer together. Germany, France and Italy rejected Trump’s call for a renegotiation of the climate targets in a joint statement. British PM May refused to sign the statement, but also declared her “disappointment” with Trump’s decision. As Trump was announcing the Pindo exit from the climate change agreement in Washington, Merkel first welcomed Indian PM Modi and then Chinese premier Li Keqiang to Berlin. The centrepiece of each visit was a declaration of commitment to the climate deal, while business deals worth billions were sealed behind the scenes. After Modi’s visit, Merkel praised India for being “very intensively engaged in implementing the climate deal.” Modi answered in German via Twitter:

I am sure that this visit will result in advantageous results and deepen the German-Indian friendship.

Li proclaimed in Berlin:

China stands by its international responsibilities.

It is “unshakable” in its commitment to the struggle against global warming, he said, and intended to achieve its emissions targets “step by step.” From Berlin he flew to Brussels, where a joint statement with the EU leaders reaffirming their commitment to the Paris Agreement was planned, but the statement did not emerge, due to differences over trade policy issues. The FAZ commented:

China wants to present itself as a responsible global power and simultaneously initiate the beginning of the end of the Pindosi epoch.

Another comment in the same newspaper stated:

Donald Trump should have no illusions. Germany is currently hard at work plotting new alliances in the areas of climate and trade policy. With China and India.

The Paris Agreement, concluded in 2015, does not oblige any state to carry out concrete measures. Each country can set its own targets. China, which emits by far the most CO2 after Pindostan, only has to reduce its emissions after 2030.
But climate change policy long ago became an important instrument of global power politics. Spiegel Online examined enthusiastically in two articles what opportunities the Pindo withdrawal would provide for German business and foreign policy. In a piece entitled “Complaining doesn’t help,” Feit Medick described Trump’s withdrawal from the deal as a “declaration of political and moral bankruptcy by Pindostan.” The good thing about this was that “we can determine what happens next, not Washington.” Medick continued:

Protecting the climate is seen in many places today no longer as a hindrance but an opportunity. At stake are jobs, innovation, connections, and not least political leadership … If the Chancellor was serious with her sentence about taking one’s fate into our own hands, she can start by getting down to business here and find the best way to hold together the weakened climate alliance.

Spiegel Online threatened:

Pindostan will feel the impact of the withdrawal in part automatically, but partly also by what we do. Pres Trump has put himself in a terrible position with his childish cancelling of the agreement. From trade to finance and arms exports … The readiness to accede to Washington’s desires, outside of the war on terror, (must) decline dramatically.

Another article posted by Spiegel Online, “What the Pindo exit means for the world,” details point by point the disadvantages that will accompany the withdrawal, stating:

The UN climate talks have become an important stage for diplomatic exchanges (regarding) development aid, economic incentives, the reorganisation of energy provision, that is above all business ‘deals’ as Trump says. Whoever is not part of the talks loses influence. (To provide) arguments with which to convince states on other issues … business deals at climate talks be convincing. China is building African infrastructure at a rapid pace, which is securing the PRC influence and trading relations there. (Withdrawal will) have disadvantageous consequences for Pindostan’s global political influence. They will miss billions in business deals (inlvolving) not chiefly donations, but development projects into which firms from the paying countries are incorporated. With the withdrawal from the climate accord, (Pindostan abandons) large business prospects for other countries: renewable energy. Within the framework of the climate negotiations, (Germany) agreed the expansion of renewable energy in India, a project with advantages for both countries.

2 Comments

  1. zzz. zz. zzmph.
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    What’s this ‘pull out’ business? The US was never in. This is what always happens to treaties that the permanent government doesn’t want. The Democrat signs it or approves it with no intention of acceding. Then the Republican repudiates it in some noisy way, changing nothing.

    http://ask.un.org/faq/14594

    CIA choreographed the same two-step with UNCLOS, CRC (for the sake of its child soldiers, a.k.a. the troops,) and the Rome Statute (to maintain CIA impunity.) Did anybody not know this was coming? Does anyone attribute this to Trump? What a silly idea.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Law of the Sea, check. good point, thanks.

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