“We will no longer sign commercial agreements with powers that do not respect the Paris accord,” he told the assembly.
Macron did not cite the United States but the remarks were considered a shot at the country. The U.S. is the only country that is not part of the agreement after President Trump pulled out in June 2017.
One of Trump’s key campaign promises was withdrawing from the Paris deal which he described it as “very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”
According to a report issued earlier this month, the U.S. is likely to fail to reach the climate targets specified in the original agreement.
Trump has rushed to reduce former President Barack Obama’s aggressive climate efforts, including pollution rules on coal-fired power plants. Last week, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management issued an ultimate rule to decline methane pollution rules for drillers.
Regardless of the federal government, cities and states are still doing everything in their power to meet Paris emission reduction targets. According to the report, the U.S. is likely to reach 90 percent of its targets through state and city action.
Recently California passed a bill to set a target of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) made an announcement for $4 billion worth of investments into clear energy earlier this month.