European Union carbon emissions increased in 2017 as French President Emmanuel Macron continues dinging the Trump administration for leaving the Paris agreement.
Carbon emissions in the EU increased 1.8 percent since 2016, EU’s statistics office Eurostat said Friday. There was also a double-digit increase in Malta and Estonia, while Germany’s emission levels remain unchanged.
EU leaders have been championing the non-binding deal since President Donald Trump said he would leave the pact in 2017. The earliest the U.S. can begin officially withdraw is Nov. 4, 2019, under the terms of the accord, which seeks to keep increases in the planet’s average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Macron created a website called Make Our Planet Great Again shortly after Trump announced his decision to decouple from the pact. The website advertises positions for senior researchers, junior researchers and Ph.D. students to do work on global warming and the “energy transition” from fossil fuels.
Macron’s website is meant to poke fun at Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The French president wants to nab American climate scientists who disagree with Trump’s budget proposal, which cuts global warming programs.
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