- Title: U.S. "not doing themselves a favour" leaving Paris climate pact -Gabriel
- Date: 2nd June 2017
- Summary: SOLDIER GABRIEL APPROACHING JOURNALISTS MONUMENT (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SIGMAR GABRIEL, SAYING: "I was once environment minister, I can remember how much we worked to finally get the United States on board, because it is one of the biggest national economies. Others who are much poorer have joined into climate protection, and of course shake their heads if rich countries like the United States do not want to take part. I believe that the US is also not doing themselves a favour. What is the most important means of climate protection? Saving energy. That's good for the economy. Saving new costs in investing in energy is also good for the economy. Exiting climate protection worldwide won't do the US good in the end I believe, because of that we have the hope that we can win back the US over time in this accord of worldwide importance." LIT TORCH AT MONUMENT GABRIEL LEAVING
- Embargoed: 16th June 2017 16:41
- Keywords: Leningrad climate accord climate agreement Paris agreement
- Location: St PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
- City: St PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0036JL6UDJ
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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told reporters on Friday (June 2) that leaving the Paris climate pact "won't do the US good in the end."
Speaking from St. Petersburg where he was attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the minister said that if the US wants economic growth, saving on energy costs would be in its best interest.
He held out hope the United States might row back on President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, and said, "(W)e have the hope that we can win back the US over time."
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