GOP governors Baker, Scott urge United States to commit to climate deal

May 19, 2017, 06:53
GOP governors Baker, Scott urge United States to commit to climate deal

Rather, withdrawal "is going to damage the USA much more than it's going to damage the Paris agreement itself", said Nat Keohane, vice president for global climate at the Environmental Defense Fund.

In a swipe at President Trump's oft-used phrase, they said that "no country would be great again" without swift action. But Trump's rollback of regulations looks to squash that. It sets the ground rules for many United Nations climate agreements, including Paris.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had promised to pull America out of the agreement. Additionally, a deal isn't possible without the USA paying into the political slush fund called the Green Climate Fund, which Trump promised to halt payments to.

"Economic and social development and poverty eradication are the first and overriding priorities of the developing country Parties".

In other words, the Administration has already passed up the chance to make the right decision on Paris.

Leaving the agreement would displace the USA from a stance of global leadership and place it alongside just two non-participating countries: Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua, whose GDP per capita is just 4 percent of the U.S.'s. As Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, said recently, in a press release announcing that his city was posting the Obama-era version of the pages on its own Web site, "Burying your head in the sand doesn't erase the problem".

According to Nuttall, the UNFCCC spokesman, the United States sent 16 negotiators to Bonn this month. It's not even clear if the original boosters of that idea meant it to come in the context of the climate agreement or in some separate sphere, like trade.

Under the Paris climate agreement, the USA pledged to lower its carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent below their 2005 levels by the year 2025.

White House advisers have postponed a crucial meeting on the Paris climate agreement as the Trump White House has yet to confirm where they stand on the accord.

"There's not a lot of appetite to try to align yourself with Trump".

"We are seeing new leaders" among emerging economies, he said.

If Trump accepts this argument, Foreign Policy noted, it will "almost certainly" prompt him to "exit from the deal".

As with most weeds, a thick, healthy lawn, mowed high, is your best defense against dandelions.

"That seems to be the way that the president operates", Schaefer said. "We believe that the world needs to go through an energy transition to prevent a very significant rise in global temperatures".

Of course, the best development for the American people and the world at large would be a powerful ah-ha moment that triggers Trump's realization that climate change is underway; that it is caused mostly by fossil energy emissions; that it is jeopardizing his real estate holdings and, by the way, the health and welfare of the American people; that it will result in unmanageable budget deficits at all levels of government; that avoiding climate change is right up there with avoiding nuclear war; and that nationalism can not mitigate a global threat.

If this trend continues, Carbon Tracker says, "China is on track to achieve or surpass its goal to reduce its emissions intensity by 64 to 70 percent below its 2005 levels by 2030".

President Trump (accompanied by from left, Vice President Pence, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke) speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington.

While Trump rolls back carbon emission controls, moving the US away from reaching Paris Agreement targets, according to a new analysis by Climate Action Tracker, China and India look set to beat their goals. But he has since delayed making a decision on it until after an worldwide summit scheduled for later this month, amid reported disagreement among his senior advisers. "Recent observations show they are now on the way towards overcoming this challenge".

Oil exporter Nigeria on Wednesday became the 146th country to ratify the Paris deal, and India last week said it would pursue clean energy "irrespective of what others do".

"This presentation of the Climate Change Endorsement is our living up to our commitment".

"The US has been playing hardball, saying it doesn't have a position on certain elements of the talks, and that's been rubbing a lot of people up the wrong way", said Alden Meyer, director of strategy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy group.

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