File photo: US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( AFP )
Speaking in New York, the US President Trump asserted that he was 'very much into climate'.
US President Donald Trump speaking at the Economic Club in New York on Tuesday said that countries like "China, India and Russia are doing absolutely nothing to clean up their smokestacks and clean up all of their plants and all of the garbage that they're dropping in the sea floats into Los Angeles".
Trump who pulled the US out of the Paris climate accord last year amid worldwide criticism, said, "We have a relatively small piece of land - the United States. And you compare that to some of the other countries like China, like India, like Russia, like many other countries that absolutely are doing absolutely nothing to clean up their smokestacks and clean up all of their plants and all of the garbage that they're dropping in sea and that floats into Los Angeles, along with other problems that Los Angeles has, by the way."
"But when you see this happening, it's - nobody wants to talk about it. They want to talk about our country. We have to do this. We have can't have planes any longer. We can't have cows any longer. We can't have anything."
"I said, What about China?"
Last week, the US had filed paperwork for the formal exit from the Paris Agreement, a one-year process to walk out of the global pact which aims to fight climate change even as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added said that the United States had trimmed its emissions in recent years.
Speaking in New York, the US President asserted that he was "very much into climate", adding, "but I want the cleanest air on the planet and I want to have - I have to have clean air-water."
Trump declared the Paris Agreement a "disaster", stating that it resulted in "trillions and trillions of dollars" of destruction to America.
"And it is so unfair. It doesn't kick in for China until 2030. Russia goes back into the 1990s, where the base year was the dirtiest year ever in the world. India, we are supposed to pay them money because they are a developing nation. I said, "We 're a developing nation, too."
Even as the US pulled out the Paris agreement, French President Macron and Chinese President last week signed a pact to declare the "irreversibility of the Paris Agreement."
The Paris Agreement was signed during ex-President Obama's administration promising a 26-28 per cent in US greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 from 2005 levels, a move which was overturned by Trump last year.
Trump campaigned in 2016 presidential polls on a promise to pull the United States out of the agreement, saying it would hurt the US economy while leaving other big polluters like China to increase emissions. The US was bound by UN rules to wait until November 4, 2019, to file exit papers which was filed last week.