Trump cares nothing about climate change

15 June, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Tillerson's Support for Paris Agreement 'Never Changed'

A new report finds that India and China are both likely to surpass their Paris Agreement targets, however a new Ecofys report suggests the new policy direction of the U.S. leaves the nation set to miss its own goals.

In withdrawing from the Paris climate accord are Trump and his Republican Party looking after American workers or are they looking after the fossil fuel industry?

The worldwide climate accord, which took shape in 2015, commits countries to reducing greenhouse gases to keep global average temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius, or 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The aim of the agreement is to reduce the risks of extreme weather events and existential risks that come with high levels of environmental change.

"South Africa has full confidence in and reiterates its unwavering commitment to the realisation of the goals set out in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement", the department said. As it now stands, scientists project global efforts are likely to see temperatures rise by 2.8°C - meaning the withdrawal of the United States on the executive orders of Donald Trump most likely condemns the plans to failure.

A new report from Ecofys explores the effects Trump's gutting of energy transformation plans will have on the country's Climate Action Tracker* (CAT) standing.

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The coalition was reported that day by the Reuters news service, among others. The country now nearly scores medium on the CAT, while falling below the min 2020 pledge. Signed by President Obama in 2016, this agreement was a bad deal for our country, especially Virginia. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The argument is a bit like Woody Allen's joke about two women at a resort: "One of 'em says, 'Boy, the food at this place is really awful.' The other one says, 'Yeah, I know; and such small portions'". Some, including Gov. McAuliffe, have pledged to uphold the agreement even if the rest of the country doesn't.

Absent federal leadership on this front, lawmakers at all other levels must step up and take action. These include his "Executive Order on Energy Independence, ' through which President Trump began the process of 'suspending, revising, and rescinding" a number of existing policies. According to the latest EPA greenhouse gas inventory, by the end of 2015, the US was already 44 percent of the way to meeting its 2025 Paris target. A withdrawal also can not be formalized until the agreement has been in effect for at least three years, but the White House says it will in the meantime not take any steps towards achieving US carbon emission goals set as part of the nation's commitment to the agreement.

The resolution concluded, "Now, therefore, be it resolved that the city of Newburyport joins with the United States Climate Mayors to honor the Paris Climate Agreement goals". The Paris Climate Accord doesn't get rid of coal jobs - it just moves them overseas. By this announcement, Trump claims he is only fulfilling his "solemn duty to protect America and its citizens".

In the communique, the US added a footnote saying it's taking its own steps to reduce the country's carbon footprint.

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