Buchanan urges Trump to keep US in climate accord
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 5:13
Friends of the Earth said it would make America the world's "foremost climate villain".
An American pullout from the 196-nation Paris Agreement would deal a major blow to the so-called "climate diplomacy" which, less than 18 months ago, celebrated the historic pact made possible by a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington, under president Barack Obama's leadership. But the targets were voluntary, meaning the USA and the almost 200 other nations in the agreement could alter their commitments.
"If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it", said Guterres, who went on to explain what consequences such an exit could have for the US.
Trump and many of his allies have long dubbed the Paris Agreement a "bad deal" for America.
Those briefed by the White House insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the matter ahead of Trump's announcement Thursday afternoon in the Rose Garden.
Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America's pollution contributes so much to rising temperatures. Scientists suggest dropping out 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.
"Our climate action strategy represents an opportunity to attract investment, innovation and develop new green technologies", he said.
This was preceded by comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who after meeting with Trump, said Sunday that Europe had to take its fate into "its own hands" and that the continent's days of relying on its partners were "over to a certain extent", the Independent reported.
Abandoning the pact would isolate the USA from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations.
Gallup ranked participants as "concerned believers", "mixed middle", and "cool skeptics", based on how they answered several questions on the cause of global warming, how serious the threat is, and how concerned they are.
Trump, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S.
Cruz said in return for crippling American economy, the Paris Agreement would do next to nothing to impact global temperatures.
But the official says there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final. The choice is between a formal withdrawal that could take three years or leaving the United Nations treaty that the accord is based on, which would be quicker but more extreme, according to Axios.
Mr Guterres was asked for his view on reports that Mr Trump was ready to pull the USA out of the Paris deal, to which he replied: "When you disagree with someone, you try to convince that person, no?"
On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on USA climate policy. The decision drew immediately backlash from climate activists and many business leaders.