Friday 18 August 2017

US can't ignore climate change - Kenny

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Tony Gavin
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Tony Gavin

Hilary Shenfeld

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed disappointment at US President Donald Trump's stance on the Paris climate agreement and said "scientific facts" cannot be ignored.

Speaking in Chicago, Mr Kenny said the facts on climate change speak for themselves and that Mr Trump was ignoring the problem rather than tackling it.

He was in Chicago on a two day trade mission where he met Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel as well as city business leaders and representatives from Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

During a discussion yesterday morning at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Mr Kenny said Mr Trump's decision was unfortunate.

"Paris is movable, but Paris is not removable," he said.

"You can't ignore accuracy of scientific facts and it's disappointing to put it lightly that America chose this route," he said.

Enda Kenny is in Chicago, where he met with leaders of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Photo: Stefano Eposito, Chicago Sun-Times
Enda Kenny is in Chicago, where he met with leaders of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Photo: Stefano Eposito, Chicago Sun-Times

"Secretary (Rex) Tillerson is talking in Australia today saying that America is continuing to look at this and negotiate this in a different fashion but clearly scientific facts speak for themselves."

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In the evening Mr Kenny attended a reception with the Irish community at the Drake Hotel in Chicago's Tony Gold Coast.

Mr Kenny said he is "happy to pass on the responsibility to the next generation" and a new leader.

He added: "You can't be right all the time, you have to have the humility (to say) I don't have the answers all the time."

It wasn't strictly business for Mr Kenny, though, as he attended the U2 concert at Soldier Field on Sunday. Bono gave a shout-out to Mr Kenny during the show, thanking him for being a "graceful leader".

Irish Independent

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