MARRAKECH, Morrocco - After the United States became one of the 200 countries to sign the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015, which came into force on November 4, 2016 - America’s ...
• Member of Trump’s team made the revelation
• Paris Climate Agreement was signed by 193 countries including United States
• International leaders have assembled at Marrakech, Morocco to discuss the agreement
MARRAKECH, Morrocco - After the United States became one of the 200 countries to sign the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015, which came into force on November 4, 2016 - America’s President-elect is now said to be looking at ways to withdraw from the agreement.
According to sources quoted by Reuters, Donald Trump, who has previously called the Paris Climate Agreement a ‘hoax’, is looking to swiftly withdraw from the agreement - in a move that would defy the widening international backing for the plan that aims at reducing carbon emissions by member nations.
According to the agreement, world leaders have committed to keeping global warming below 2C that scientists believe is the threshold for safety. The agreement is said to have placed carbon emission curbs in place, including a process to crank up the pledges periodically.
The report stated that the president-elect wants to bypass the theoretical four-year procedure to exit the accord.
Meanwhile, at a climate talks conference that is currently ongoing in Morocco’s Marrakesh region - several nations have reaffirmed support for the agreement.
The source within Trump’s transition team reportedly said, “It was reckless for the Paris agreement to enter into force before the election.”
The source went on to add that the alternatives being considered by the team were sending a letter withdrawing from a 1992 convention that is the parent treaty of the Paris accord, voiding U.S. involvement in both in a year’s time. He is also said to be considering issuing a presidential order simply deleting the U.S. signature from the Paris accord.
Reports pointed out that with the current number of signatories, the estimated reduction in greenhouse gases stands at 76 percent, but if U.S. backs out the percentage would reduce by 18.
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry was quoted as saying that while he will try his best to continue his efforts to implement the Paris Agreement on global warming, until the day President Barack Obama leaves office, it would be up to the Trump administration to define itself on climate change.
Kerry said, “The evidence is mounting in ways that people in public life should not dare to avoid accepting as a mandate for action. Now the world’s scientific community has concluded that climate change is happening beyond any doubt. And the evidence is there for everybody to see.”
The host of the current talks, Morocco has commented on the issue and foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar said at a news conference, “If one party decides to withdraw that it doesn’t call the agreement into question.”
Meanwhile, United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa said at the news conference, “The Paris agreement carries an enormous amount of weight and credibility.” Adding that the UN hoped for a strong and constructive relationship with Trump.