Trump Has Multiple Escape Routes From Paris Climate Accord
Jun 02, 2017, 01:57
A decision to pull out of the pact would put the USA outside the tent, alongside Nicaragua and Syria, as the only countries to have not ratified the treaty.
When asked about the U.S.'s possible move Thursday, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs described climate change as a global challenge that no one country can ignore.
On the global stage, it would undermine the overwhelming consensus achieved in Paris to take action on climate change, with only Syria and Nicaragua not signed up to the agreement, and raises fears other countries may back slide on their commitments. "There is no sanction under the Paris agreement".
The withdrawal from the agreement would fulfill Trump's campaign promises, but the White House is divided on the action.
A country can also withdraw from the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under whose auspices the deal was negotiated.
Trump has slammed the global agreement as bad for U.S.jobs despite its widespread support from corporate America.
Obama and a host of other countries signed the climate change agreement in 2015 and the former president touted it as the "best chance we have" to save the planet. This would be the fastest route, as the process would take just a year, but it would be (more of) a diplomatic nightmare, as it would cut the U.S. out of the entire worldwide climate change conversation. And it could trigger further efforts to erode the landmark climate accord.
For China, the No. 1 polluter, having overtaken the United States, the goal was for emissions to peak by 2030 and then start dropping, reducing the amount of carbon pollution per person to about 60 percent of 2005 levels.
In a broader final communique focusing on a range of other issues, Li, Juncker and Tusk are expected to commit to free trade and reduce a global steel glut that Europe and the United States say is an attempt by China to corner local markets.
In a tweet, the environmental organisation Sierra Club posted a USA electoral vote map showing that more than half of the population in each state supports the climate deal. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.
But those voices were tempered by conservatives who argue the agreement harms American jobs and punishes United States taxpayers.
Trump, who doubts the science behind climate change, has already begun the process of reversing American climate policies.
During the campaign, Trump said the accord would cost the USA economy trillions of dollars with no tangible benefit.
But surveys show the majority of Americans want to stay in the accord, solar jobs are booming and USA entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk are driving forward clean tech.
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