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German Leader Blasts Trump for Threats to Paris Climate Accord

"I'm wondering how someone like this can be so successful."

Photo Credit: FRANCE 24 English / YouTube

After previously dubbing climate change "a hoax," President-elect Donald Trump seemed to finally admit two weeks after the election that the globally accepted phenomenon is caused by humans.

But Trump is still wavering on whether to pull out of the Paris climate deal, signed by nearly 200 nations after having vowed to rip up the deal on the campaign trail. 

“The president-elect is going to have to make his decision,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Marakesh on November 16. “What I will do is speak to the assembly about our efforts and what we’re engaged in and why we’re engaged in it, and our deep commitment as the American people to this effort.”

But delegates from the almost 200 nations are uneasy weeks after Kerry's announcement.

"All the signatures were already made by presidents, heads of governments," lamented Rebecca Harms in an interview with France 24 on President-elect Trump's potentially disastrous effect on global relations. 

Harms is a German Member of the European Parliament, co-president of the Group of the Greens in the EU Parliament and strong supporter of Angela Merkel's bid for a fourth term. 

"Fingers crossed that the United States, not again, [shifts from being] a driver of the international strategy to fight global warming to a burden, We saw it in former periods," Harms added. "But nobody can predict [it] right now."

She also called Trump "a question mark as such, as a person, to many things we have achieved and find important." 

"When I'm facing the denial of Trump and even the lies on why we have a strategy against global warming, I'm wondering how someone like this can be so successful," said Harms. "This is a global crisis." 
 
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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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