Stefanik differs with Trump on Paris climate accord

  • Stefanik differs with Trump on Paris climate accord

Stefanik differs with Trump on Paris climate accord

According to a new study, even if countries meet all of their emissions reduction targets set by the 2015 Paris Agreement by 2030, those 15 years of Carbon dioxide emissions will bake another 8 inches of sea-level rise into the system.

Under the Paris treaty, developing nations are to receive $100 billion annually from next year to help curb climate change and cope with its impacts. It also impedes the ability of American companies and workers to compete with other countries like China and Germany in the rapidly expanding market for climate-friendly technologies.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Monday that the Paris accord stifles the American economy and is not necessary because the already reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As examples of that, he pointed to US emissions of criteria air pollutants that impact human health and the environment declined by 74% between 1970 and 2018.

But so far China has resisted pledging to speed up its initial emissions-control targets, which foresee greenhouse gas emissions rising until 2030.

"The U.S. approach incorporates the reality of the global energy mix and uses all energy sources and technologies cleanly and efficiently, including fossils fuels, nuclear energy, and renewable energy", Mr. Pompeo said. "In global climate discussions, we will continue to offer a realistic and pragmatic model - backed by a record of real world results - showing innovation and open markets lead to greater prosperity, fewer emissions, and more secure sources of energy".

"We believe that climate change is a common challenge faced by all of mankind".

Following earlier promises by President Donald Trump, the US this week began the formal process of pulling out of the deal.

Officially, Trump can not exit the agreement until the day after the November 2020 elections, and so the outcome of the race will determine whether or not the US would indeed withdraw. The Obama administration was the main driver behind the Paris agreement, and the US must be a global leader in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Accounting for 13.1 per cent of the total, the U.S. has turned its back on the Paris deal.

Jason Mathers, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Senior Manager, Supply Chain Logistics, previously told LM his organization sees the agreement as being incredibly important, because it has ambition, is global in scope and provides a very broad framework.

"Governments urgently need to put forward much stronger emission reduction pledges, or NDCs, by 2020 in order to decarbonize at a pace in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature goal and avoid further burdening future generations", said climate scientist Carl-Friedrich Schleussner. "We urge you to protect the future of the American public, American businesses, and American security by upholding the USA commitment to the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC". "The Paris Agreement was made possible through USA leadership". Per the terms of the agreement, the United States submitted formal notification of its withdrawal to the United Nations. It's yet another instance of Trump acting counter to USA interest in foreign policy.

AIA 2019 President William Bates writes, "The AIA deplores the administration's shortsighted decision", adding, "The economic impact to the United States as a participant in the Paris Agreement is a fraction of the toll we will pay if we do not make climate action a top priority as a nation".