Air in India is filthy: Donald Trump in debate with Joe Biden

New Delhi : The US President Donald Trump described air in India, China and Russia as ‘filthy’ as he defended his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

“Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India. The air is filthy. I walked out of the Paris Accord as we had to take out trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly,” he said during a debate with Democratic White House challenger Joe Biden.

“I will not sacrifice millions of jobs… thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord. It is very unfair,” he said at the televised debate in which the two candidates avoided shaking hands due to safety risks.

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Congress leader Kapil Sibal took note of his comments to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who often tag Donald Trump as his friend.

In 2017, Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, a global agreement in which President Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had played a key role. The Paris climate accord aims to cap global warming “well below” two degrees Celsius.

The US President Donald Trump has been critical against India and China, blaming that the two nations are doing nothing for climate change.

India is the fourth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 per cent of global emissions in 2017, according to the projection by the Global Carbon Project published in December, 2018.

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The top four emitters in 2017, which covered 58 per cent of global emissions, were China (27 per cent), the US (15 per cent), the European Union (10 per cent) and India (7 per cent), it said.

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