June 23, 2017

President Trump would like to see us all on a melting iceberg

04 June 2017, 06:10 | Grady King

No wonder Elon Musk left his advisory role in the Trump White House.

"No one is going to go back to (Boeing) 707s that leave a big smoke trail in the air just because you can", said Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former airline executive. Putin, on the other hand, said that he would not judge Trump's decision. "We would love to be partners with the Environment Protection Agency, but if we are required to be adversaries because the agency has chose to work against the public interest, then we are prepared to do so". Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has given unsafe advice around these issues. Each country can set its own targets and China which, after the USA, emits by far the most CO2, only has to reduce its emissions after 2030.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Nevertheless, the announcement has touched off a chorus of protest both here in the USA and overseas.

Salaheddine Mezouar, the president of the 22nd Conference of the parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP22), said global climate action will continue despite the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, local media reported on Saturday.

According to the EPA Administrator, if nations around the globe want to learn from the U.S. on what it is doing to reduce its Carbon dioxide footprint, it is going to share that with them. It came in the form of immediate pledges to live up to the agreement despite Trump's decision.

PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON, France: To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland. Since the pact entered into force on November 4 past year, the USA, which has ratified it, would be able to give notice of withdrawal earliest on November 4, 2019, and can thereafter withdraw only by November 4, 2020.

The US is now the second largest carbon emitter in the world.

That amount, however, is relatively small compared to the United States dollars 3 billion the U. S. had previously pledged for the Green Climate Fund, which supports climate-related efforts in developing countries. The CEO of Disney resigned from the president's business advisory council, alongside Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.

And Russia's President Vladimir Putin said continued dialogue was necessary at an event moderated by NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly. The Paris Agreement on climate change is a document signed by every country in the world (except for Nicaragua and Syria) that commits to making changes to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

However, the US move might well affect Trudeau's plans to implement a national carbon tax and his overall environmental agenda that many critics say will make the Canadian economy less competitive than its American counterpart. Barack Obama was actually following in the footsteps of the previous Republican administration when he committed to helping poor countries fight climate change.

Trump's rebuke of the Paris agreement signed by 195 nations in 2015 deepened a trans-Atlantic rift laid bare during a recent NATO summit meeting in Brussels and a Group of 7 meeting in Italy, when the president lectured other leaders on trade, climate, and military spending. "It's the worst way you could treat other countries".

"What we believe we can do in CT is show the policies that can work", he said. It didn't achieve good environmental outcomes. The Paris Climate deal was part and parcel of the global agenda.

Trump offered no details about how, or when, a formal withdrawal would happen.

Although Taiwan is not a signatory to worldwide agreements on climate change, the government and private groups have conscientiously participated in UN Framework Convention on Climate Change activities, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said.

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