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French president Emmanuel Macron thinks he’s convinced Trump to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, reversing a decision last month to withdraw the United States from the non-binding agreement on climate change.
When Trump announced plans to withdraw, he said he’d be willing to negotiate a better deal. European leaders have balked at the idea of changing the terms of the agreement after the fact.
Some think the president now realizes the mistake he made.
“I’ve got a feeling that the president is regretting what he did,” said Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire and climate action advocate. “Maybe his children and son in law are saying, ‘Look, I told you so.’ Hopefully, there is a positive change of mind.”
That change of mind may be coming, according to the French President. Macron said that Trump now better understands the link between climate change and terrorism, the latter being an enormous concern of the president.
“He understood the sense of my approach, notably the link that exists between global warming and terrorism. He told me he would try to find a solution in the coming months,” Mr Macron said in an interview with le Journal du Dimanche.
“We talked in detail about what could enable him to come back into the Paris accords.”
Even with Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, renewable energy implementation is on track to meet the goal the United States set for itself – a 28% decrease in 2005-level carbon emissions by 2020.
But time will tell.
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