Donald Trump, President of USA, withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord saying that it could cost the United States economy millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in economic output… Trump’s decision was criticized by environmentalists, civil society leaders, local leaders and scientists worldwide.
Washington: Many countries including France, Germany and Italy released a statement saying that the Paris deal was “not renegotiable”. It was followed by a swift outcry from politicians including the former US President Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said that she regretted Trump’s decision but she would continue to work hard to “save the Earth”.
Former President of United States of America Barack Obama criticised the move though voiced confidence that US states and businesses will work harder to protect the planet. Paul Shrivastava, Chief Sustainability Officer, Penn State University, and Director, Sustainability Institute, USA, said, “As one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases in the world, the U.S. has moral and strategic responsibility to lead the world towards a low-carbon global economy by vigorously implementing the Paris Agreement. Such leadership offers the added advantage of making the U.S. economy and companies more energy and carbon efficient, and consequently more competitive.”
“The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. But even in the absence of American leadership… I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”
USA & Greenhouse Gas Emission
Data from the 2016 Global Carbon Budget, a publication of the Future Earth-sponsored Global Carbon Project: In 2015, China and the U.S. were the two highest emitters of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, contributing 29% (China) and 15% (U.S.) of the global total. The European Union contributed 10%. The U.S. outranked both China and the European Union in per capita greenhouse gas emissions in 2015.
In response to announcement by Trump, the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) noted the announced intention to renegotiate the modalities for the US participation in the agreement. In this regard, it stands ready to engage in dialogue with the United States government regarding the implications of this announcement. The Paris Agreement remains a historic treaty signed by 194 and ratified by 147 counties. Therefore it cannot be renegotiated based on the request of a single Party. The Paris Agreement is aimed at reducing risk to economies and lives everywhere, while building the foundation for a more prosperous, secure and sustainable world. It enjoys profound credibility, as it was forged by all nations and is supported by a growing wave of business, investors, cities, states, regions and citizens. The statement further said: “we are committed to continue working with all governments and partners in their efforts to fast forward climate action at global and national levels.”