Trump risks 'lasting damage' if US pulls out of Paris climate agreement

24 May 2017, 04:11 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Climate talks continued at the UN climate HQ in Bonn this week

Climate talks continued at the UN climate HQ in Bonn this week

With this in view, the LDCs are calling on all parties "to redouble their efforts to tackle climate change with the urgency the climate crisis demands".

This stance is not hard to understand when you consider that Trump, like Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier that has previously stated that global warming is a hoax "created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive". Trump has moved to slash EPA funding, and to loosen restrictions on coal-fired power plants and vehicle emissions.

Observers pointed to the importance of upcoming meetings of the Group of Seven and Group of 20, strategic country groupings of which the United States is a member, in putting pressure on Mr Trump, who has described climate change as a "hoax" perpetrated by China.

The Paris Climate Agreement, which was ratified last fall, is comprised of specific actions that countries plan to take to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change.

On the campaign trail, now-president Donald Trump vowed to "cancel" the 196-nation pact to rein in global warming by curbing emissions from burning oil, coal and gas.

The Bonn climate talks included the 46th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46), and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46), and the third session of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3). Nearly 200 nations pledged to fight climate change when the Paris deal was signed in 2015 and since then only the USA has indicated it may step off that path. According to him, many American companies are active in the field of energy transition.

Both Germany and China on Monday urged the U.S. to stand by its signing of the Paris Accord, ahead of an expected decision on whether Washington will ditch the agreement.

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At climate change talks in Berlin, Germany and China have called for the United States to remain a party to the Paris climate accord. Chinese and European Union leadership, which looks likely, would have a major shaping influence on the rest of the world's climate change actions as US soft power on global environmental policy further wanes.

Gore painted a hopeful picture for environmentalists at the festival in France, claiming that new US state regulations and clean-energy solutions are speeding ahead. That undermines American interests on multiple fronts.

In her letter, Hendricks argued that it would economically prudent for the U.S.to remain a party to the deal, as the world makes progress on renewable energy, creating jobs and other opportunities.

The Trump administration may finally be nearing a decision on whether to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement. India has increased its solar power capacity by 81 percent since previous year and is on track to meet its climate commitments for 2030 under the Paris Agreement.

President Trump will decide whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement after he concludes his meeting at the G-7.

Significant progress in realising the Paris climate accord is inevitable because climate change impacts are already striking all corners of the world and are anticipated to grow substantially over the next few decades, Endalew warned. Trump and Pruitt have falsely claimed that China and India are not doing a fair share on climate action.



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