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13 Jun 2017

German environment ministry fact-checks Trump

Federal environment ministry (BMUB)

The German environment ministry (BMUB) published a fact-check of US President Donald Trump’s announcement speech to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. To Trump’s statement that the accord was a “deal that punishes the United States”, BMUB replies: “Wrong. The Agreement punishes nobody and not a single country.” BMUB also writes that the Agreement did not prohibit constructing new coal-fired power plants or continued coal mining. Trump’s claim that 14 days’ worth of CO₂ emissions by China would be enough to wipe out gains from US reductions expected for 2030 was “without any foundation”.

Find the fact-check in English here.

For background, read the CLEW articles German reactions to US decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

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