Senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has vowed to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, left by the Trump Administration if she is voted to power in the upcoming election.
She said under her influence, the US will also rejoin the Iran nuclear deal as well, steps she cited is crucial to restoring America’s place in the world, and win back the support and trust of Euro-Asian allies, the Press Trust of India reported.
Harris made the announcements at a virtual fundraiser on Friday, when she was asked what the Biden-Harris administration would do to win back the Europen and Asian trust and support for the US.
The Paris Climate Agreement, also called the Paris Accord, was signed by more than 200 nations united over a common goal to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases on climate change. It was a landmark move and it was the first-in-kind move by so many nations over a common goal.
However, since the Trump administration came to power, President Trump announced the nation under his care will be leaving the agreement because if otherwise it will cost the US trillions of dollar, kill jobs and hinder the gas, coal, and oil manufacturing industries.
In 2019, the US formally started to withdraw from the climate agreement, and will be formally out by November this year, following a one year wait.
But Kamala Harris pledged to re-enter the agreement if she is voted to power, saying: “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.”
Senator Harris has also vowed to re-join the Iran Nuclear Deal from where the US has withdrawn in 2018, under the Trump Administration.
The Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015, was an agreement between Iran and the US, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany where the P5+1 nations agreed to lift-off the strict sanctions on Iran in return for international inspection on its nuclear activities and limited development.
“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 from California.
“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,” Harris added.
In last year’s UN summit held in December, teen climate activist Greta Thenburg slammed Trump for his decision to withdraw the US from Paris Accord.
“Honestly, I don’t think I would have said anything because obviously, he’s not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?” Thornburg said when asked what would she have told Trump if she had to.
The Trump administration is known for its lightning-fast withdrawals from some of the most formidable global peace efforts, including the World Health Organization in the wake of the recent pandemic.
After the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Wuhan, China, Trump has been vocal to imply his discontent with China’s sloppy response to tackle the virus, alongside slamming WHO for being biased with China.
Trump in July 2020 formally applied for the withdrawal of America from WHO, one of the world’s biggest public welfare organizations, and will be formally out on July 2021.