India is a bigger problem than China when it comes to combating climate change, especially reducing CO2 emissions, said Democratic presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
During his first appearance in a democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Bloomberg said it was "ridiculous" for the Trump administration to take the US out of the Paris climate deal in 2015 when it outlined its approach to tackling climate change.
"To be honest, the Chinese have slowed down. India is an even bigger problem, but it is an enormous problem. Nobody does anything about it," Bloomberg replied to a question about climate change.
He was asked about his business, which is heavily invested in China, the world's largest producer of carbon emissions, and how far he would go to force Beijing to reduce those emissions and deal with the climate crisis.
"You will not go to war with them. You have to negotiate with them and we have seen how well this works with tariffs that harm us. What you have to do is convince the Chinese that it is in their interest Well, their people will die just like our people will die and we will work together, "said Bloomberg in his reply.
The billionaire and philanthropist who announced his presidential nomination only this year claimed that the United States made a difference.
"We're closing the coal-fired power plants. If we and some of the rules for fracking so they don't release methane into the air and water, you will make a big difference, but we won't get it." Get rid of fracking for a while and by the way, we not only frac natural gas, you frac oil too, "he said.
The United States has already closed 304 of the 530 coal-fired power plants, and 80 of them have been closed in Europe, he said.
"Let's start at the beginning. If you're president, the first thing you do on the first day is to rejoin the Paris Agreement. It's just ridiculous to get out," said Bloomberg, adding that America is in favor be the leader of the world.
"And if we don't, we'll be the ones who get hurt just like everyone else, so I don't want us to break all ties with China because you will never solve this problem without it." China and India, Western Europe and America, "he said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden accused China of spreading pollution around the world.
"The idea of China and its belt and road proposal is that they mostly take the dirtiest coal in the world from Mongolia and spread it around the world," he said.
"It is clear that if you call them to Washington in the first 100 days, they will make it clear. If you continue, you will have serious consequences because the rest of the world will be terrified of everything you sell because You undercut the entire economy. " "Said Mr. Biden.
In June 2017, US President Donald Trump announced today that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The "draconian" deal wrongly punished America, but benefited countries like India and China.
"It is time to step out of the Paris Agreement and pursue a new one that protects the environment, our businesses, our citizens and our country," Donald Trump said, dampening global efforts to curb global warming.
"India is making its participation dependent on receiving billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from industrialized countries. There are many other examples. But the bottom line is that the Paris Agreement at the highest level is very unfair to the United States," said Donald Trump.