WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not getting criticism for his climate stance from at least one world leader: Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin offered his reaction to Trump’s decision to pull out from the international Paris accord seeking to curb climate change. He told an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, “Don’t worry, be happy!”
Russia is the world’s biggest crude oil producer and its fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. It’s also among the 195 countries that signed the Paris agreement during the Obama administration.
Yet Putin has delayed formally ratifying the agreement for at least two more years. Russia’s voluntary reduction goals under the deal are among the weakest submitted by any country, allowing it to spew more planet-warming emissions in future years, not less.