The Administration has officially informed the United Nations of its intent to leave the Paris Climate Accord. It's the first step in a process that according to “the deal” will take until 2020 to become fully extricated; this does not mean, however, that the US can't begin making plans for a proper energy policy right now.
It was a bad deal all along. The commitments made under former president Barack Obama, meant that the US committed to reducing pollution outputs by a quarter, had to file reports yearly and answer to the Climate Agreement council. The problem is, that other countries (developing nations) did not have to do the same. It hurts the US economically while quite literally achieving nothing.
If goods can't be manufactured in the US because of pollution policy (in terms of the amount), then the production would simply be sent overseas and another country would make the products and then ship them back to the US. This means that there would be ZERO impact on world pollution levels…All it would do is take jobs and money from the US economy.
We can all agree that it should be a goal to reduce pollution, but the Paris Climate Accord does NOT do this. Why does the Left assume that free market economics cannot by its nature be good for the environment? If environmentalism paid, companies would work at it and the cost of environmentally friendly goods would reduce…Crippling the economy is not helpful, is expensive and in the long run achieves nothing of value.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Friday officially told the United Nations that the U.S. intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate pact.
But the State Department's announcement doesn't formally start the process of the U.S. getting out of the voluntary agreement. That's still to come.
It was a bad deal all along. The commitments made under former president Barack Obama, meant that the US commited to reducing carbon
Still, the department described its communication as a “strong message” to the world, following President Donald Trump's decision in June to leave the accord.
“The State Department is telling that U.N. what the president already told the world on June 1 and it has no legal effect,” said Nigel Purvis, who directed U.S. climate diplomacy during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
Purvis said countries can't withdraw from new international agreements, including the Paris climate one, until three years after they go into effect. The Paris agreement went into effect on Nov. 4, 2016.
Then the process takes a year.
The State Department cited the same timeline, saying it can officially start withdrawing as soon as November 2019. That means the earliest the U.S. can be out of the climate agreement is Nov. 4, 2020 — the day after the next presidential election.
In a statement, the State Department said the U.S. will continue to participate in international meetings and negotiations on current and future climate change deals. The next meeting is in Bonn, Germany, in November.
Trump is “open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its business, its workers, its people and its taxpayers,” the department said.
Under the agreement, countries set their own national plans for cutting climate emissions. That means Trump can come up with different targets for the United States than those set by President Barack Obama. But Trump can't unilaterally change the text of the Paris deal.
Under Obama, the U.S. agreed to reduce polluting emissions more than a quarter from 2005 levels by the year 2025. There is no climate court. All that's required in the agreement is a plan and reporting on progress toward reaching self-set goals.
No matter what the U.S. does, the Paris agreement remains in effect because enough other countries ratified it.
The Paris agreement aims to prevent the Earth from heating up by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the start of the industrial age.
The world has already warmed about 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the Industrial Revolution. The majority of scientists say the burning of coal, oil and gas is causing the Earth's climate to change because of heat-trapping gases.
H/T: Fox News