President Trump to withdraw United States from the Paris Climate Accord?

Written by helen.okpala


On 1 June 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the agreement and seek a new deal (Click here for source)

Trump says: ‘We’re getting out, but we’ll start to negotiate and we’ll see if we can make a deal that’s fair’…accord ‘will harm’ American jobs’…’I have been fighting everyday for the great people of this country. Therefore, in order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate accord…. Thank you’. This was welcomed with a resounding ovation (Click here four source).

 This ”getting out” is a sweeping step that fulfills a campaign promise while acutely dampening global efforts to curb global warming. Source: CNN

Meanwhile, Wikipedia has it that ‘the Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015. As of June 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it.

In the Paris Agreement, each country determines its own contribution it should make in order to mitigate global warming. There is no mechanism to force a country to set a specific target by a specific date”.

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