China rules out renegotiation of Paris climate deal
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 14:37
Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that he would initiate the process to remove the US from the Paris Agreement, a historic accord that was signed by 195 member nations in April 2016 as a promise to reduce greenhouse gases and curb the effects of climate change.
Donald Trump believes that the agreement is unfair to the US and will require eliminating crucial American jobs in coal and oil.
He said in a statement, 'While the USA decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies'.
France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement later in the day that expressed regret at Trump's decision, but dismissed the idea that the agreement could be renegotiated.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said not signing the declaration was an "appalling abdication of leadership".
The U.S. now joins the minuscule list of countries who are not part of the deal, like Nicaragua and Syria. However, the agency's revisions to the rule, now under way, will prevent the US from meeting the emission reduction targets promised in the Paris accord.
"Effectively what one can do is to alter USA obligations within Paris Accord".
The Paris Agreement, considered a landmark move, was adopted on December 12, 2015, by 195 Parties to the UNFCCC, replacing its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol.
Bloomberg's charitable organization has long worked on environmental initiatives. This is an opportunity for other countries to reaffirm their commitment to stopping climate change and creating renewable energy jobs.
"I think they are probably immune to fact", he said.
He told reporters that the U.S.is, and always have been, committed to the environment. It includes strategies for improving energy-efficiency in buildings, lowering the electricity emissions factor, reducing single-occupant vehicle commuting, and increasing the use of alternative transportation.
Withdrawing from the Paris agreement was short-sighted for many reasons.
The stand drew strong condemnation from leaders and environmentalists from across the world.
"We are also ready to cooperate with global community members, including the USA, to push for low carbon generation globally", she said. Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, and Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, have both resigned from the council and it is possible others may follow.
Trump used American jobs as the cornerstone of his speech, deeming the Paris agreement as a policy that disadvantages the US and will result in the loss of jobs, lower wages, shuttered facilities and "vast economic reduction", that would impose "draconian financial and economic burdens" on the U.S. While states can determine their own energy goals, they cannot effect other areas of the country whose economy is heavily reliant on fossil fuel production, and who aim to benefit from the White House's recent change of course.