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German ministers say U.S. damaging its own people with climate withdrawal
June 1, 2017 / 8:34 PM / 6 months ago

German ministers say U.S. damaging its own people with climate withdrawal

BERLIN (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord is damaging for Americans, Europeans and all other peoples of the world, Social Democrat ministers from Germany’s government said.

Trump said earlier on Thursday he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, spurning pleas from U.S. allies and corporate leaders in an action that fulfilled a major campaign pledge.

“The land of the free and the home of the brave is contradicting its principles and is thereby putting itself at odds with a worldwide consensus,” the seven ministers from the left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) said in a statement.

The SPD is junior partner in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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