As Germany reels from its imprudent immigration policies and consequent terrorism threats, Chancellor Angela Merkel used her international platform at the G20 summit in Hamburg to wax philosophic about climate change. With the European Union disintegrating before her eyes, Merkel chose to lecture America about what she saw as its ill-advised decision to leave the Paris Climate change agreement.
"Unfortunately — and I deplore this — the United States of America left the climate agreement, or rather announced their intention of doing this," Merkel stated in a closing speech at the G20 summit over the weekend.
Labeling the deal as binding, the German Chancellor insisted that the deal that was ratified in Paris by the previous American administration was irreversible, despite the fact that a new president had assumed office in Washington.
Unlike the United States, Germany is keeping its "strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs,” she preached.
Doubling-down on the personal animus against Trump himself, other Western leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, followed suit and joined Merkel in blasting the U.S. decision to withdraw from the climate change accord.
While May made a moral argument in favor of the deal, Trudeau emphasized the supposed economic benefits to upholding an asymmetrical accord that forces the United States to make far more concessions than big-time polluters India and China.