Elon Musk is leaving presidential councils over withdrawal from Paris accord
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 6:34
Jerry Brown in creating the United States Climate Alliance on Thursday. While Trump has rolled back climate regulations at a federal level, thirty-four states, led by California and NY, have undertaken their own ambitious carbon reduction plans.
What is the Paris Agreement?
The reality is that one of the US's two major political parties is institutionally committed at almost every level to the same basic agenda of environmental deregulation and inaction on carbon emissions.
Under the deal, countries will evaluate progress toward their goals in 2018 and, beginning in 2020, will submit updated carbon reduction plans every five years. The details on how countries' efforts will be monitored, verified, and reported are subject to ongoing negotiations, as are the specifics of a proposed $100 billion in climate-related financing meant to help poorer countries adapt.
By withdrawing the USA from the climate deal, he fulfilled his major campaign promise and overturned the major foreign policy accomplishment of his predecessor Barack Obama.
What is the perceived economic impact of the deal?
"We certainly do not support the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris agreement", said Erwan Monier, a lead researcher at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and one of the study's authors.
The President was scathing about the green climate fund saying it would cost billions of dollars - the U.S. has pledged $3bn and paid around $1bn.
Trump has emphasized the expansion of US fossil fuel production.
'Our president is choosing to put American jobs and American consumers first. He said the USA would try to re-enter but only if it can get more favourable terms.
Mr Obama's rejected Mr Trump's justification for reneging on a key part of his predecessor's presidential legacy, saying the U.S. would now not be among the nations that "reap the benefits in jobs and industries created" by the Paris Accord.
What is the withdrawal process?
But the targets were voluntary, meaning the USA and the almost 200 other nations in the agreement could alter their commitments. "The United States is the second largest carbon emitter in the world, and the Paris Climate Accord proved that our nation, and the global community as a whole, has recognized that a zero-emissions, clean energy economy is the only path forward for a sustainable, sound future". So, we're getting out, but we'll start to negotiate, and we'll try and see if we can make a deal that's fair.
West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton said USA withdrawal from the Paris accord would build confidence in US mining and industry even if it wouldn't make major changes on the ground. Our duty, as temporary occupants of this earth, is to leave the planet for our children and grandchildren in at least as good a condition as we found it.
That's a reflection of Trump's "America First" governing policy, which he's sought to bolster since taking office.
Because the CPP is not legislation but rather a set of EPA regulations, the president does not need congressional approval to alter it.
Most experts think not.
A senior administration official defended Trump's use of the findings.
Opponents of the Paris agreement also say imposing regulations to reduce carbon emissions is too costly. The United States has done the unthinkable and broken that promise.