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Paris hosts major climate summit – and it’s all about Trump

  • French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the One Planet Summit in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, on Tuesday. More than 50 world leaders gathered for a summit that Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord. AP

  • French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a screen at the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Christophe Ena

  • French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured on a screen as he delivers a speech at the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Christophe Ena

  • US actor Sean Penn speaks with Haiti's President Jovenel Moise at the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Paris that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will rev up the Paris climate accord that U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Christophe Ena

  • Environmental activists display a banner as they protest in support of the Paris climate accord, at Pantheon monument in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Banner reads : "Not one more euro for the energies of the past". More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) Michel Euler

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures as he arrives at the Elysee Palace prior to a meeting on climate change in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May is welcomed by French President before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Elysee Palace prior to their meeting, in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP) PHILIPPE WOJAZER

  • Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, left, is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) Michel Euler

  • Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, left, and France's President Emmanuel Macron shake hands as they make declarations after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (Ludovic MarinPool Photo via AP) LUDOVIC MARIN

  • French President Emmanuel Macron, left, poses with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, second left, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Brigitte Macron pose at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is welcomed by French President, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger waves as he arrives at the Elysee Palace prior to a meeting on climate change in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is welcomed by French President, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Morocco's Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, left, and Morocco's King Mohammed VI, right, are welcomed by French President before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • A Republican Guard adjusts his sword during a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is welcomed by French President, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Czech Republic's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Hilda C. Heine, President of the Marshall Islands is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to delegates as part of a session of the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) Michel Euler

  • The Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria, right, and Mexico's Environment and Natural Resource minister Rafael Pacchiano attend a session as part of the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) Michel Euler

  • Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Swiss Federal President Doris Leuthard is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi waves as he is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, right, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori

  • Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, right, speaks with US actor Sean Penn at the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Paris that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will rev up the Paris climate accord that U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Christophe Ena



Associated Press
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The global climate summit in Paris was designed to bypass Donald Trump, but the U.S. president ended up playing a starring role.

Trump became the unwitting villain as world leaders, investors and other Americans assailed him Tuesday for rejecting the Paris climate accord.

To emphasize their point – and prevent others from following his lead – they announced more than $1 billion in investments to make it easier for countries and industries to give up oil and coal.

French President Emmanuel Macron used the summit to seize the global spotlight, capitalizing on Trump’s isolationist policies and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s domestic weakness to position himself as the world’s moral compass on climate change.

“We’re not moving fast enough,” Macron said, warning that the 2015 Paris climate accord is “fragile.”

“It’s time to act and move faster and win this battle” against climate change, he told the more than 50 world leaders and others gathered in Paris.

After opening the summit on a pessimistic note, Macron was more encouraging at the closing, praising the “very concrete” commitments made by the participants.

“We started today to make up some ground in this battlefield,” he said in his closing speech. Tuesday’s commitments will be able to be tracked and verified on a dedicated platform, he added.

Bill Gates, Richard Branson and other energy executives and investment fund leaders announced a dozen international projects emerging from the summit that will inject money into efforts to curb climate change.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim won rousing applause when he announced that his agency would stop financing oil and gas projects in two years.

The summit, co-hosted by the U.N., the World Bank and Macron, was held on the second anniversary of the Paris climate accord, which was ratified by 170 countries. More than 50 heads of state and government took part.

Trump wasn’t invited, but he was ubiquitous.

One by one, officials including former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, billionaire Michael Bloomberg and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the world will shift to cleaner fuels and reduce emissions regardless of whether the Trump administration pitches in.

Central to the summit was countering Trump’s main argument that the 2015 Paris accord on reducing global emissions would hurt U.S. business.

Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, argues that the big businesses and successful economies of the future will be making and using renewable energy instead of oil.

The projects announced Tuesday include a program for eight U.S. states to develop electric vehicles, an investment fund for the hurricane-hit Caribbean and money from Gates’ foundation to help farmers adapt to climate change and develop low-carbon technology.

The projects also aim to speed up the end of the combustion engine to reduce the emissions that contribute to global warming.

Activists kept up pressure with protests – including one on a bridge at the summit venue, an island in the Seine River – calling for companies and governments to stop investing in oil and coal now.

Top officials agreed with them, saying the global financial system isn’t shifting fast enough away from carbon emissions and toward renewable energy and business projects.

“Financial pledges need to flow faster through more streamlined system and make a difference on the ground,” said Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, whose island nation is among those on the front lines of the rising sea levels and extreme storms worsened by human-made emissions.

“We are all in the same canoe,” rich countries and poor, he said.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono described ways his country is investing in climate monitoring technology and hydrogen energy, but he said, “We have to do more and better.”

Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, said environmentalists owed Trump a debt of “gratitude” for acting as a “rallying cry” for action on climate change. Bloomberg said the private sector coalition called “America’s Pledge,” that promises to honor the climate goals set in 2015, “now represents half of the U.S. economy.”

Brown, the California governor, argued against Trump’s plans to resurrect coal mining and said “it’s time for President Trump to join the rest of the world, not oppose it” on climate change.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Brown cited recent wildfires in his state as an example of extreme weather worsened by human-made climate change.

On Monday, Macron awarded 18 climate scientists – most of them based in the U.S. – multimillion-euro grants to relocate to France for the rest of Trump’s term.

Merkel, who was once labeled the “climate chancellor” for her efforts to curb global warming, faced criticism in Germany for failing to attend the summit.

In the Dutch city of The Hague, experts launched a plan Tuesday aimed at addressing threats created by water and food shortages.