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* Global dismay at Trump's pullout of U.S. from Paris accord
* Putin more nuanced in support of pact
* China and EU agree to join forces against global warming
* France will work with U.S. states, cities to preserve pact
* Germany's Merkel says "Mother Earth" must be saved
By Thomas Escritt and Philip Blenkinsop
BERLIN/BRUSSELS, June 2 China and Europe pledged
on Friday to unite to save what German Chancellor Angela Merkel
called "our Mother Earth", standing firmly against President
Donald Trump's decision to take the United States out of the
Paris climate change pact.
Others, including India, signalled their commitment to the
accord, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said that while the
United States should have remained in the 2015 deal, he would
not judge Trump, and warned about the accord's impact on jobs
Tapping into the "America First" message he used on the
election trail, Trump announced the withdrawal on Thursday,
saying that participating would undermine the U.S. economy, wipe
out U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the
country at a permanent disadvantage to others.
There was a mix of dismay and anger across the world.
France said it would work with U.S. states and cities --
some of which, notably California, have broken with Trump's
decision -- to keep up the fight against climate change.
A number of business and industry figures criticised Trump's
decision, while others focussed on what it might mean to their
Germany's powerful car industry said Europe would need to
reassess its environmental standards to remain competitive after
the "regrettable" U.S. decision.
The World Meteorological Organization estimated that U.S.
withdrawal from the emissions-cutting accord could add 0.3
degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century
in a worst-case scenario.
Germany's Merkel, a pastor's daughter who is usually
intensely private about her faith, said the accord was needed
"to preserve our Creation".
"To everyone for whom the future of our planet is important,
I say let's continue going down this path so we're successful
for our Mother Earth," she said to applause from lawmakers.
In Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron turned Trump's
"Make America Great Again" campaign slogan on its head, saying
in a rare English-language statement that it was time to "make
the planet great again".
CHINA AND EUROPE TOGETHER
A long-scheduled meeting on Friday between Chinese Premier
Li Keqiang and top European Union officials in Brussels was
dominated by Trump's decision.
The meeting will end with a joint statement pledging full
implementation of the Paris deal, committing China and the EU to
cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology
and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer
countries reduce their emissions.
China, now the world's largest polluter, has emerged as
Europe's unlikely partner in this and other areas -- underlining
Trump's isolation on many issues.
"There is no reverse gear to energy transition. There is no
backsliding on the Paris Agreement," European Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker said.
China said it was a responsible country that had been
working hard on tackling climate change.
The vast majority of scientists believe that global warming
- bringing with it sharp changes in climate patterns - is mainly
the result of human activities including power generation,
transport, agriculture and industry.
A small group of sceptics - some of whom are in the Trump
White House - believe this is a hoax that could damage business.
A number of figures from U.S. industry expressed their
dismay at Trump's move.
Jeff Immelt, chief executive officer of U.S. conglomerate
General Electric, tweeted: "Climate change is real.
Industry must now lead and not depend on government."
Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO
Robert Iger said they would leave White House advisory councils
after Trump's move.
German industry associations also criticised Trump's
decision, warning that it would harm the global economy and lead
to market distortions.
Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce and VDMA engineering
industry group warned that U.S. companies could gain short-term
advantages by Trump's decision.
"Climate protection can be pushed forward in an effective
and competition-friendly way only by all states," said DIHK
President Eric Schweitzer.
Environmental groups were scathing. The U.S. Sierra Club,
citing Trump's endorsement of what he regards as clean coal,
tweeted: "Clean coal, you can find that next to the unicorns and
(Writing by Jeremy Gaunt; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)