The Future of Climate Diplomacy After Trump's Exit From the Paris Agreement

Andrew Cummings
June 3, 2017

But he indicated that was hardly a priority. "We remember the great leaders". "If we can't, that's fine".

China already accounts for more than one-third of global wind energy capacity. Calculations suggest withdrawal from the Paris accord could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather. He met Trump only hours earlier in the White House. "Through the Paris agreement, the USA - the world's second largest carbon emitter - joined with all but two countries to commit to policies to prevent and mitigate the impact of global warming on human health".

Conversely, Tom Price, MD, HHS Secretary, issued a statement praising Trump's announcement on the Paris agreement. Several of his top aides also opposed the action, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025.

"The United States made commitments to provide $100 billion dollars to the so-called green fund which was meant to be used to assist the developing countries in implementing environmental protection programs, but it still has not been decided how to allocate the money, as well as who will control and manage it", Putin pointed out.

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy joined to "note with regret" the Trump decision and express doubts about any change in the accord.

Tillerson said people need to recognize that the USA has a "terrific record" of reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, adding that it is "something I think we can be proud of".

Responding to Trump's pointing to his city, Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto called the decision "disastrous for our planet, for cities such as Pittsburgh", and a step that "has made America weaker and the world less safe".

She denied it showed she is subservient to Mr Trump, and said she had made it clear in her telephone call on Thursday night that the United Kingdom continues to support the agreement and the Government wanted the USA to remain in the deal. Standing in the heart of Europe, Trump publicly lectured NATO partners about their military commitments and offered no explicit endorsement for the collective defense agreement at the core of trans-Atlantic security for decades. Many economists believe the accord would likely help create about as many jobs in renewable energy as it might cost in polluting industries.

So, by and large, the Paris agreement was for the United States and by the US.

ACP previously condemned Trump's executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to roll back US efforts to combat air pollution, arguing that the order "will have a devastating impact on public health". The White House said the US will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway. He insisted the US should be proud of its "terrific record" in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, even before the Paris pact took effect late a year ago.

Trump on Thursday said he was withdrawing from the deal, rejecting the advice of Mackenzie and many others, including his daughter Ivanka. During Trump's speech, the faint sounds of protesters could be heard in the distance banging drums.

European Council chief Donald Tusk, after meeting with visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Brussels, said the EU and China "are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris agreement is a big mistake".

The dispute is the latest round of a years-long battle between scientists and politicians over how to interpret facts about the effects of burning fossil fuels on the global climate, and translate them into policy.

"We're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair".

The the world's second-largest emitter of carbon, following only China.

"Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk", wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

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