The decision of President Donald trump to withdraw the United States from countries signatories of the Paris climate Convention, was the main news of Friday’s editions of the Israeli and world media.
Speaking during a special press conference, trump said that could not support the agreement, which punishes US, and that his country must stop the implementation of the commitments undertaken in the framework of the Paris Convention.
«I was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris. The U.S. will continue to remain a clean country that cares about its ecology, but for the sake of this we will not endanger our businesses,» said trump.
The Paris climate Convention entered into force on 4 November 2016, and was signed by 195 countries, including Israel. It is designed to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2020. The Convention calls to prevent the increase in average temperature more than two degrees Celsius until the end of the XXI century. Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, the new agreement does not set emissions limits depending on the level of industrial development of different countries, and also leaves to the discretion of governments to determine national policy in this area.
Before the official performances trump the energy Minister of Israel Yuval Steinitz said that Israel does not intend to follow the US and withdraw from the Paris Convention. On his page on the social network Facebook Steinitz wrote that «we cannot afford to fail this historic project that cares about the welfare and the health of future generations», and that Israel, in particular, will continue to reduce the level of coal consumption.