Thursday, 19 July, 2018

US opts out of G7 pledge committing to Paris climate accord

Laurie Berry | 13 June, 2017, 03:12

Canada says it is deeply disappointed by Trump's announcement on June 1 to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord.

However, American businesses such as Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Disney, just to name a few, have been very critical of the Trump administration's move and have vowed to act independently from the federal government. Of course, it would have been best had he taken the first route. Its research shows that adhering to the Paris accord would destroy 400,000 American jobs and forfeit $2.5 trillion in lost productivity by 2035 - lowering average family earnings by about $20,000.

Germany and California agreed 10 June to work together to keep the Paris accords on track and the most populous U.S. state had its own representative at the Bologna talks. At least now it survives, though seriously wounded.

But many analysts say Trump's rhetoric may make little difference.

African Climate change activists urged their governments on Saturday to kick-start the process of designing an African Rule Book for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

In a statement the EPA said Pruitt had emphasized it was time to move forward and find ways to engage with other countries to protect and use us natural resources.

But there is no doubt that with Trump's decision, the political, intellectual and moral leadership will no longer be that of the US.

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"If you're a country in the Pacific that's in danger of going under water, or a country in sub-Saharan Africa looking at hotter temperatures making it even more hard to grow food, then you're gonna be less likely to deal amicably with the USA over this decision", said Busch.

The world's largest emitter China may well step into the breach based on its aggressive domestic actions to curb pollution and emissions. India also can not give sermons globally while being ecologically insensitive at home.

The rule book comes on the heels of the Paris Agreement which created an worldwide framework that outlines what governments and wider stakeholders are expected to do strengthening the global response to climate change and limit the temperature increase to 1.5 - 2 degrees C.

John Bozzella, CEO of the Association of Global Automakers, which represents 12 auto companies and five suppliers, said its members "remain committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to producing fuel-efficient vehicles in every segment". But that is small consolation. Rapidly falling costs of solar power are leading to impressive additions to capacity.

This is groundbreaking for a couple of reasons, not least of which because there is now no formal mechanism in place to let state actors and officials who are not national leaders sign up to the Paris Agreement-but the United Nations is looking into how that can work. Engagement is essential to protecting and using our natural resources.

80 percent of the power in Missouri is generated by coal. Environmental regulations and laws must be enforced ruthlessly.

Nuclear expansion with indigenous heavy water reactors is now inevitable.


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