Macron sees Biden’s victory as a chance to ‘make our planet great again’

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Welcoming US President-elect Joe Biden’s prospects of joining the Paris climate agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron called it a chance to “make our planet big again”.

Mr Macron’s comments followed those of other world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who hailed the success of Mr Biden’s election candidacy. Americans as a boost to global cooperation in the fight against climate change.

Unlike four years of political inaction on climate change under Mr. Trump, who withdrew the United States from the 2015 deal, Mr. Biden pledged a $ 2 trillion plan to boost U.S. investment in clean energies and fight against global warming, while joining the historic Paris agreement. on the first day of his presidency.

The French leader said having Mr Biden in the White House would strengthen the validity of the agreement which aims to prevent catastrophic climate change and which has been signed by nearly 200 countries.

“This is proof that we have to stand firm in the face of all headwinds,” Macron said at an online summit on Thursday, according to Reuters. “‘To make our planet great again’ is a possibility, not only in word but also in deed.”

Mr Trump had long criticized the Obama-era climate pact and in 2017 withdrew the United States, the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China, from the agreement, saying it was too expensive.

As a result, the United States formally ended the deal on November 4 – the day after an election in which Mr. Trump was defeated. The Trump campaign still refuses to concede and plans to prosecute in several swing states.

Playing on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” the French leader launched his “Make Our Planet Great Again” climate initiative in June 2017, which awarded US climate scientists with multi-year grants to relocate and conduct research on the climate in France.

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