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

Olive Rios
June 5, 2017

If climate change continues at the current rate by the middle of the century we will have a climate that is much closer to North Carolina.

Trump announced during a speech at the White House Rose Garden that he had made a decision to pull out of the landmark climate deal, in part because it would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump took a major step toward making this dystopia a reality.

TRUMP: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

"The President has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion", the statement reads.

The American Coal Council said more than 90 per cent of USA coal plants are equipped with advanced emissions controls, and that advances in technology will lead to further improvement.

The Green Fund is created to help poor countries adapt to climate change and bypass some of the heavily polluting technologies formerly used by rich countries. Several of his top aides also opposed the action, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Trump's announcement on Thursday that he would take the United States out of the Paris deal, saying it would undermine the USA economy and cost jobs, drew anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry.

"With the US out of the Paris Agreement, it can not pressure other countries, such as the large emerging economies, to do more", said Robert Stavins, director of Harvard University's environmental economics programme. Under the climate agreement, the USA agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

"Pittsburgh and other cities know that fighting climate change will not only save our planet, but save lives", Peduto said in a statement.

President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord is not winning him any friends in the environmental community.

WHITE HOUSE: The Paris climate accord "would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies about one-third of our electric power." - information released with Trump's announcement. But Trump's decision undermines every one of these goals, and goes against the wishes of the vast majority of Americans, including many of his own supporters. Germany's environment minister told reporters Friday "there will be no new deal with the United States" on climate change and predicted global climate will "survive" Trump's maximum presidential term of eight years.

But US and worldwide corporations, including major oil companies Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil and BP, support the Paris agreement, arguing that climate change is a threat to their businesses and that rejecting the deal would harm the worldwide relations their global operations rely on. When I was a member of the French government participating in a global tour to build consensus for climate action - an effort that eventually culminated in the Paris agreement - I experienced first-hand what American leadership can achieve. Jerry Brown (D), and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Thursday announced the formation of a coalition of states supporting the Paris agreement, called the United States Climate Alliance.

As for the mechanics of withdrawal, global treaties have a four-year cooling off period from the time they go into effect. Merkel called Trump's withdrawal "highly regrettable, to put it very mildly", but added: "This decision can not and will not stop those of us who feel obligated to protect our earth". Trump promised to stop implementation of the "non-binding" parts of the deal immediately.

White House aides have been divided on the question of staying or leaving the accord and had been deliberating on "caveats in the language" as late as Wednesday, one official said.

So was opposition from environmental groups.

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