Thursday, June 1, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - TRUMP-LAND: Donald Trump Pulls U.S. Out Of Paris Accord In Crushing Blow To Climate Fight

My People:

First Bush II dumped Kyoto (1997) in 2001, then Trump dumps Paris (2015) in 2017:  this time, inexcusable.  It would appear that Republican Presidents are a threat to the Planet.

Climate change is NOT a hoax...there is no covfefe here.  Temperatures and precipitations (rain and snow) patterns are changing;  extreme weather patterns are being experienced;  social and economic activities are being affected;  green house gases (CO2, NOx, etc.) are the worst offenders - largely a result of fossil fuel burning for energy usage; the developed world (USA, Europe, China, India, etc.) are the worst emitters; and mitigation (proactive) and adaptation (reactive) steps are called for and need to be paid for - by these worst offenders, including the USA;  abandonment of Paris Agreement - and 194 other countries - is irresponsibility.

Trump is giving electoral democracy a bad name.....but climate-change-progressive Americans - which include many Republicans by the way -  won't let him win on this one.

And there you have it.

Bolaji Aluko
Shaking his head

About Greenhouse Gases and Impact on the Environment & Climate Change

January 7th, 2008

Donald Trump Pulls U.S. Out Of Paris Accord In Crushing Blow To Climate Fight

Trump's decision underscores his "America First" policy.

The United States will pull out of the Paris Agreement on combating climate change, President Donald Trump announced Thursday, a decision that makes good on one of his key campaign pledges but deals a devastating setback to international efforts to curb global warming.

"I'm fighting every day for the great people of this country," Trump said at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. "Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord."

Trump said he was willing to "immediately work with Democratic leaders" either to "negotiate the U.S. back into Paris" or devise a new pact.

"If the obstructionists want to get together with me, let's make them not obstructionists," Trump said. "We'll sit down with the Democrats and all of the people who represent either the Paris accord or something that's much better than the Paris accord, and I think the people of the country will be thrilled."

Trump's announcement ends months of suspense characterized in recent weeks by a reality TV-style cliffhanger over what he would do, as some of his White House advisers urged him to keep the U.S. in the deal.

With his withdrawal decision, the U.S. joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries outside the agreement to combat climate change. Other countries, led by the European Union, China and India, pledged to forge ahead in the effort without the U.S. But the loss of the world's second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases will have a traumatic effect on the fight against global warming.

The move is a particularly egregious repudiation of the international community because the Trump administration could have negotiated for lower emissions targets under the Paris Agreement, officials and the pact's advocates said. Because of that, the diplomatic fallout will likely be harsher than when President George W. Bush rejected the 1997 Kyoto climate agreement. 

When that administration refused to implement the deal in 2001, other nations knew that the U.S. disapproved of giving developing countries a pass on emissions, and the reduction target was more aggressive. But the terms of the Paris Agreement were brokered to meet U.S. demands. 

The reaction "will be substantially worse because when we rejected Kyoto, other countries understood why," Susan Biniaz, the State Department's longtime former lawyer on climate change issues, told HuffPost Thursday. "But in case of Paris, it's inexplicable why we would be leaving. We negotiated it largely to U.S. specifications and to fix the Kyoto problems." 


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