America serves notice to Paris, will be separated from climate agreement

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2019

"In abandoning this worldwide agreement", the Members wrote in their letter to the president, "the United States resigns its role as a global leader in the fight against climate change and risks failing to meet the recommendations outlined in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report".

Many greenhouse gasses are produced using fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas to generate energy.

"We're here because our world is warming".

"Yes, there are conversations".

"This...is the centerpiece for meaningful climate change action in New Zealand", said Minister for Climate Change James Shaw, the leader of the Green party, which is in coalition with Ardern's Labour. Mr. Trump proved immovable.

A shift in diplomatic strategy worldwide has already begun. China, now the largest emitter of planet-warming pollutants, has made substantial promises.

Under United Nations rules, China and India are considered developing countries and are not obligated to curb emissions. Per the terms of the agreement, the United States submitted formal notification of its withdrawal to the United Nations.

According to the BBC, the Paris Climate Accord included efforts to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100, as well as a review of each country's contribution to cutting emissions every five years. "The question is, will others listen to Europe?"

"The fact is that we may find the first conflict could come with the United States, and I think that should not be something desirable for anyone", said Teresa Ribera, minister for the ecological transition of Spain, which is hosting United Nations climate talks in December.

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More countries have indeed joined in toughening their emissions-reduction targets while no other countries followed Trump's lead in leaving the Paris Agreement.

While the Trump Administration continues to deny the science, an overwhelming majority of American people are demanding bold action to fight the climate crisis, she claimed.

Efforts to strategize for the possibility of a second Trump administration are occurring at home and overseas.

The Obama Administration signed on to the agreement in 2016, but President Trump indicated in 2017 that he meant to pull the USA out of the framework.

In the United States, environmentalists are pressing states, cities and businesses to cut emissions and move to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.

The letter details numerous potential impacts of a USA withdrawal, concluding: "The United States must preserve its commitments at home and overseas".

Those so-called sub-national government pledges are voluntary, and there is no agreed-upon way to calculate how far their efforts are collectively getting toward President Obama's pledge to cut emissions about 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

None of this is of concern to the president, who disregards the clear and overwhelming scientific consensus, the conclusions of analysts across government agencies - including the Pentagon, which lists climate change as a national security threat - and basic common sense in his unsafe quest to make the USA the world's dominant source of oil and natural gas.

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