Mayor Walsh: Boston 'Will Not Back Down' Regarding Climate Change
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 9:23
Multiple press reports cite White House officials who say the president will withdraw the US from the landmark climate agreement in the coming days. "Germany has said they will step up, the United Kingdom has said they will step up, the new French president has".
In a move that's been anticipated for months but still sent shockwaves around the world, President Donald Trump is set to exit the Paris Accord, a landmark global agreement signed by almost every nation on the planet.
Without the USA, it will be harder for the Paris deal to have its intended effect on global emissions.
Almost 200 nations, including Canada and the United States under President Barack Obama's administration, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. It could have sweeping implications for the deal, which relies heavily on the commitment of big polluter nations to reduce emissions of gases scientists blame for sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26% - 28% from 2005 levels by 2025. Senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad but still would like to see if emissions targets can be changed.
German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said: "I can only reiterate the well-known position that the German government unequivocally supports the Paris climate agreement and is campaigning for it to be quickly implemented and hopes the U.S. remains committed to this agreement".
The US is now one of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide in the world.
The agreement went into effect on November 4, 2016. Of the 195 that have signed, 147 have ratified the accord.
"It could potentially harm USA businesses who are trying to compete with businesses from other countries in the exploding global market in renewable energy", Light told ABC News. If the U.S. withdraws from an agreement that almost 200 other countries are a part of, it would join Nicaragua and Syria as the only other countries that rejects the accord.
Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.
President Trump also took to Twitter to blast the investigation into Russian hacking, referring to false or misleading testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, who is set to testify next week before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The White House did not confirm those reports and it was unclear whether Trump would fully scrap USA participation or merely water down United States emissions objectives.
The official said, however, there may be "caveats in the language" that Mr Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final. Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that Trump plans to pull out of the agreement, which has participation from the vast majority of the world's nations, including North Korea.