Timing may thwart Trump's move to quit Paris climate pact

Former President Obama slammed President Trump Thursday for withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

The Obama administration previously pledged in 2015 the USA commitment to the agreement, planning to cut its greenhouse gas emission 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

The leadership Pence seemed to be most impressed with, however, was Trump's.

"It is time to exit the Paris accord and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens and our country", he said. A meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top EU officials will end with a joint statement, backed by all 28 EU states, committing the European Union and China to full implementation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The group of "climate mayors", who together represent over 40 million Americans, had sent an open letter to Trump in March, in which they announced their refusal to implement the executive order that rolled back some of the measures against climate change put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and urged Trump to maintain the USA commitment to fighting climate change. While Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said he did not think Trump's decision would prompt Russian Federation to rethink its own stance, the Kremlin suggested the withdrawal could be fatal to the pact. In everything you do, you are fighting for the forgotten men and women of America.

"Our efforts should be on exporting our technology and innovation to nations who seek to reduce their Carbon dioxide footprint - to learn from us".

"Our commitment to the Paris Agreement is unshakeable".

That said, Nicaragua actually refused to sign on because its diplomats believe that the Paris Agreement is too tepid in its ambitions to curb climate change, not because they are in denial that the problem exists.

The head of the European Commission told German Bild am Sonntag newspaper last month that EU-US relations are at historic lows because of the policies of the new Republican president. "Against what we stand for, contrary to what the world expects". "It puts us on the right path to keep warming under 3 C, but even under the same level of commitment of the Paris agreement after 2030, our study indicates a 95 percent probability that the world will warm by more than 2 C by 2100", he added. And it is one of the biggest threats to our present world and to the future of our planet.

The deal is partly legally binding and partly voluntary.

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. Specifically, it requires countries to set their own targets for reducing emissions by 2020.

  • Arturo Norris