Tuesday, 05. November 2019
The Paris Climate Agreement has signed US President Obama. His successor Trump does not want to know anything about it, announced his departure – and is now serious. The criticism will not be long in coming.
Leading Democrats have called the execution of the 2017 termination of the Paris Climate Agreement by the US government "shocking." Climate change is "the existential threat of our time" and endangers the health and well-being of all people, said the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi. President Donald Trump is betraying the future of all children, she said. Senate-leading Democrat Chuck Schumer spoke of a "dramatic setback," which would have a negative impact on the environment, the economy, and national security for decades Washington came to the first possible deadline on which a resignation was allowed. The US would continue to represent a "realistic and pragmatic model" in international talks, Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said. His country will continue to work with partners "to strengthen resilience to the effects of climate change". The United States economy will continue to grow while reducing its emissions, Pompeo asserted. It will continue to rely on an energy mix, which also includes fossil fuels – for example, coal and oil.Klimakiller USAThe resignation came more than two years after the announcement by President Trump to dissolve the US from the contract. He is criticized for it internationally today violently. The United States is the second largest polluter of greenhouse gases behind China. The United Nations in New York confirmed receipt of the notice of termination. The Paris Climate Agreement came into force three years ago on November 4, 2016. For the first three years none of the signatory states were able to resign. Effective termination after the expiration of one year – in the case of the United States only on the day after the next presidential election on November 3, 2020.Trump solves campaign pledgesTrump had announced in June 2017, withdraw his country from the contract. He broke a campaign pledge. In his view, the agreement is too costly and penalizes the United States in international competition. If the US could join the agreement again – that would be conceivable, for example, if the Democrats came back to power after the 2020 election. However, it will come to an end in a year or two: The inauguration of a new president would be only in January 2021, before a democratic Trump successor could make no turnaround. Trump's Republicans, the agreement was never popular, it is partly even hated. The President should therefore be given a new impetus by the official resignation at the beginning of the long campaign. The aim of the Paris Climate Agreement is to limit global warming to well below two degrees compared to pre-industrial times. States Parties should make an effort to stop them at 1.5 degrees. Decisive parts of the agreement are binding under international law. However, there are no penalties for failure to fulfill the commitments. 195 states are part of the agreement.