The United States of America has formally withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement — an ambitious global pact signed by the US along with 197 other nations to strive to keep the global rise of temperature ‘well below’ 2 degrees Celsius.
The announcement comes as a manifestation of the old, controversial promise by President Donald Trump to withdraw the US — the world’s second-biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases — from the Paris agreement.
President Donald Trump cited the loss of jobs, a hindrance to the coal and gas and oil manufacturing industry, the need for trillions of US dollars as the reason for his decision to withdraw from the ambitious climate goal.
Last year, on November the US formally began to withdraw from the accord, and was set to take effect after one year.
It is interesting to note that the US withdrawal from the Paris Accord comes at the heights of uncertainty on the election results determining the 46th US president.
Democratic Presidential-elect Joe Biden has promised that as soon as he’s elected to office he re-enter the US in the Paris climate accord.
“We are loyal to our friends that we keep our word, including when we make commitments, be it to NATO or to the Paris agreement that we will follow through,” Harris said in an event from California in August.
“And Donald Trump, he just doesn’t get it. I mean it’s such an extension of his character as a human being I believe that he doesn’t understand the importance of integrity and consistency in one’s word.”
“Joe Biden and our administration is gonna have a massive job to repair the damage done by Donald Trump and his administration, and to restore our place in the world,” Vice president for Joe Biden Kamala Harris said during the address.
The gap in the regime
Commenting on the US withdrawal from the Paris accord, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa told Reuters news agency that: “The U.S. withdrawal will leave a gap in our regime, and the global efforts to achieve the goals and ambitions of the Paris Agreement,”
She said the body will be ready to assist the US in any efforts to rejoin the Paris accord and the nation will continue to remain a part of the UNFCCC.
With Trump’s apparent success of withdrawing the US from the Paris accord, signed by 197 nations in 2015, it is the first case of any country stepping back from the same.
In a joint statement from Britain, France, Italy, Chile, and the UNFCCC, they say they note the US withdrawal with regret, and nonetheless “remain committed to working with all U.S. stakeholders and partners around the world to accelerate climate action.”
“There is no greater responsibility than protecting our planet and people from the threat of climate change,’ the joint statement said.
The Bhutanese chair at the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group at UN Climate Change negotiations said the US withdrawal is a ‘disappointing’ move since for “the LDCs the impacts (of climate change) are especially devastating.”
It is a documented fact that the effects of climate change on least developed nations are often unfair and aggregated whereas they are the least contributor to the global spike of temperature and other climate change issues.
CEO of European Climate Foundation, a former French diplomat instrumental in brokering the Paris accord Laurence Tubiana told Reuters news agency that ‘climate deniers’ in the White House will make the battle against climate change ‘more challenging.’
It is important to note that despite any reasonable push from the Trump Administration, a number of US State governments as well as businesses have vowed ambitious climate goals in absence of federal leadership.
Reuters reports, 25 US-governors have pledged to battle climate change independently. And if Biden wins and begins to rejoin the US in the accord, as promised, it would take 30-days for the process to finish.