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...But immediately after President Trump’s Rose Garden speech on 1 June, commentators jumped to pass the leadership mantle on to China. They might have wanted to convey the message to many other countries that all was not lost. They might have wanted to reassure affected communities and thousands of climate activists that there was a Plan B in China. Or they might have simply wanted to win over the air waves in a toxic media battle for climate hearts and minds. There are three problems with this approach. First, its underlying premise is flawed. It presumes that the United States (until 31 May) was the world’s climate leader. It was indeed central to the problem and is needed for a practical solution. But the US has been, primarily, a “climate squatter”. Secondly, the argument presumes that China was both ready and willing to become the climate leader. China’s response, while aggressive in ambition and action, is still very much a mixed story until now. ...TOI on Aug. 10, 2017, 2 a.m.
...REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo Who is a climate leader? The Paris Agreement on climate change happened, in part, because of the bold political will of several world leaders, and in part for the United States, taking a legal form which would not require Congressional approval. Now that President Donald Trump has finally taken a decision for the US to exit the Agreement, it is time for the world to recognise the real climate leaders. India is one of them. But it needs to speak up. In anticipation of the US withdrawal, at the G7 summit in Sicily, the six other members (and the European Union) reaffirmed their commitment to the Agreement. ...Indian Express on June 3, 2017, 1:32 a.m.