Cuomo joins governors urging Trump to uphold climate deal

Cheryl Sanders
May 5, 2017

Global governments are set to convene in the German city of Bonn to continue negotiations on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 8-18 May, amid uncertainty over the continued participation of the U.S. in the global Paris Agreement.

Andrew Light, a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute who worked on climate negotiations at the State Department under Obama and who helped negotiate the Paris pact, dismissed the legal concerns over staying in the agreement, saying that since the emissions cuts aren't binding, there is no legal problem.

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner , also an advisor to her father, side with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson , formerly CEO of ExxonMobil, to remain in the climate deal.

Corporate lobbyists with strong links to fossil fuel industries could use their on-going access to United Nations climate talks in Bonn next week to try and undermine or slow progress on tackling climate change, a campaign group has warned.

But Paul Bledsoe, who served as a White House climate adviser under Bill Clinton and is now a lecturer at American University's Center for Environmental Policy, warned that the administration might face serious pushback from overseas if Trump seeks to withdraw from the agreement.

We write as Governors of 12 states that are home to 107 million Americans and comprise approximately 38 percent of the nation's GDP, to urge you to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement. The document states that a country "may at any time adjust its existing nationally determined contribution with a view to enhancing its level of ambition". So will Trump pull out of the Paris climate agreement?

European Union officials are scrambling to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump not pull out of the Paris climate accord after his advisers warned of legal problems if Washington stayed in but missed its commitments. "Indeed, we can secure that opportunity only by continuing to lead". In Bonn, climate leaders will hammer out the details of the "rulebook" for the agreement, which will lay out its implementation, ramp up climate commitments, and account for climate finance.

[White House counsel Don] McGahn, sources said, raised both of those arguments during the Thursday meeting, and on Monday reiterated the concern that Paris could be cited in court challenges to Trump's efforts to kill Obama's climate rules.

Carney says the threats will only increase without a concerted effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered climate change data removed from the EPA's website. If the Trump Administration wanted to lower the target, Bannon and Pruitt argue, they would be failing the terms of the climate agreement, causing global legal problems. The other, Nicaragua, boycotted the accord to protest its unambitious initial goals and its failure to legally bind countries to their emissions targets.

The Huffington Post also reports that, according to an anonymous source close to the administration, Trump is set to make a decision as early as next week. And when USA credibility to lead the world in solving problems that demand cooperation - and can not be solved by the kind of episodic transactions (or deal-making) that Trump fancies himself good at - is damaged, America loses. We play a unique role in the world, and we have more to lose in terms of blood and treasure if we see an uptick of new wars for old reasons, as the humanitarian consequences of climate change foment instability and conflict.

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