The Paris agreement, which 195 nations signed in December 2015, set the global goal to keep the planet from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels — a threshold that scientists say could keep the planet from launching into a tailspin of irreversible consequences, from unpredictable superstorms to crippling heat waves.
And with so many moving parts, the accord has quite a few rules.Beyond signing the overall agreement, each country also submitted a climate-action plan laying out how it would adopt clean energy and phase out fossil fuels. This allowed each nation to individualize and edit their commitments, adding flexibility to the Paris agreement so that it could bend without breaking.
The US’s plan, which the Obama administration submitted in March 2015, set the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025. The baseline level this reduction is measured against is 2005, when the US emitted 6,132 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Because of the way the agreement was designed, it will take years for the US to fully exit it. According to its rules, the earliest Trump could give written notice of the US’s withdrawal would be November 2019, and the US wouldn’t officially exit it until November 4, 2020 — the day after the next presidential election.
Trump and his minions have never had an environmental protectionist mindset and they never ever will. To them everything on this planet is a resource to be monetized and plundered to their profits. There is no concept of saving wild places to be wild – we saw the disregard Trump had when we watched the documentary about his golf course in Scotland. Golf courses themselves are horribly bad for the environmental (sorry, Golfers). He made his intentions clear about leaving the Paris Climate Agreement so this isn’t a surprise. What it can be called is an absolute embarrassment. Because to make anything regarding abrupt climate change about deal making is repugnant and insulting.
And apparently he is also further displaying is ignorance. Be sure to check out the article previously posted here –
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a huge fan of the Paris Climate Agreement but it is SOMETHING, it is a start – it may be too little too late but it is better than nothing – it is better than anything Trump wants to make a deal about – guaranteed.