US withdrew because Paris didn't hold India, China accountable on CO2 emissions: White House

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Last Updated: Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017, 15:23:34hrs
US withdrew because Paris didn't hold India, China accountable on CO2 emissions: White House
Washington: The Paris climate pact did not hold countries like India and China accountable on greenhouse emissions, the White House has said as it defended US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the landmark accord.

"As you know, China did not have to take any steps of compliance until 2030. India had no obligations until $2.5 trillion of aid was provided," Scott Pruitt, administrator of Environmental Protection Agency told reporters at a White House news conference.

The White House reaction comes a day after Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and said the US would renegotiate.

"And Russia, when they set their targets, they set 1990 as their baseline, which allowed them to continue emitting more CO2," Pruitt said.

"It (Paris accord) did not hold nations like China and India accountable," he said.

Pruitt said Trump made a very courageous decision by pulling out of the Paris Agreement.