President Donald Trump today announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change and renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration. That option would provide a fast track and could be done in a year, but would deny the USA a future seat at the table, locking the country out of future climate talks.
At home in America, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposed the decision and said mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Under Obama, the United States committed to cutting its carbon emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
"The president has listened to people from all sides and ultimately he's going to make the best decision for. the American worker", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
Also referred to as the Paris climate deal, Paris Accord and Paris climate agreement, it is a deal that was signed in December 2015 and came into effect in November 2016. The loss of that commitment would make it more hard for the rest of the world to make a meaningful impact. Or he could invoke a more dramatic option and choose to pull the US out of both the Paris accord and the larger United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which the USA ratified in 1992 under Republican President George H.W. Bush.
Canete also predicted that the European Union would seek new alliances from the world's largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as US businesses and individuals supportive of the accord. In conversations with his advisers, Trump has cited the affect a withdrawal would have on the states where he won by the largest margins, including in the Rust Belt and the western plains.
No matter what changes other countries made in their positions, China would follow its green, sustainable development concept, strengthening measures to deal with climate change and would conscientiously follow the Paris agreement, Hua said.
The departure of the USA would make it significantly harder to avoid temperatures rising by more than two degrees Celsius by 2100, according to climate modeling by USA not-for-profit Climate Interactive. During the campaign, Trump said the accord would cost the USA economy trillions of dollars with no tangible benefit. That temperature limit is set at a level that scientists say can prevent unsafe and irreversible levels of climate change.
The statement also states that the door will be kept open for the U.S. to join at a later date as the "global community must stick together now".
"One by one we are keeping the promises I made during my run for president", Trump said. But when it's complete, the United States will join a lonely club. Among them: Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, funded in the past by industrialists Charles and David Koch, Competitive Enterprise Institute Director Myron Ebell, who worked on transition efforts at the EPA, and members of CEI's Center for Energy and Environment, plus several staff and the founder of the Heritage Foundation, several of whose resident "scholars" have promoted unscientific views of climate change.
Every nation involved in the talks, except Syria and Nicaragua, signed onto the deal.
Analysis by the Climate Interactive team said if the U.S. dropped out of the Paris Agreement and took no action, global temperatures could rise 0.3 degrees higher compared to if they stayed. Even North Korea ratified the Paris agreement.
American corporate leaders have also appealed to the businessman-turned-president to stay.