Backing Out of Paris Agreement Could Make US a Rogue Nation
November 18, 2016
Mary Robinson served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and U.N. high commissioner for human rights from 1997 to 2002.
I’m happy to see congruence between Robinson’s observations on the UN COP 22 conference, and what I heard from Glaciologist Jason Box and Environmental Scientist Cara Augustenborg in my newest Yale Climate Connections video.
Main take away?
America will hurt primarily itself, and sacrifice not only our leadership in the exploding clean energy revolution, but what may be left of our leadership of the world community.
Box and Augustenborg agreed that China seems more than happy to assume not only technological and economic, but Moral, leadership of the planet. Republicans, the party of Science denial, are willing to see the country fail in service of their fossil fueled clients.
Your call, science deniers.
Conservative TV host Bill O’Reilly is urging Donald Trump to stick to the Paris climate agreement, the global pact to reduce emissions that the president-elect has railed against for months. “It doesn’t really amount to much anyway,” O’Reilly told his Fox News audience Wednesday evening. “Let it go.”
O’Reilly is no fan of climate action. He said in 2011 that “nobody can control the climate but God.” But on Wednesday, O’Reilly said staying in the Paris agreement would “buy some goodwill overseas” for the incoming president. At least one prominent politician—Nicolas Sarkozy, the former leader of France who is running again for the presidency—has proposed tariffs on US imports should Trump pull out of the deal, which was signed in December 2015 and came into force just before the election.
On Thursday, Britain announced it had ratified the deal, while hundreds of major companies co-signed a letter urging Trump to uphold America’s climate pledges. The 360 companies included Nike, General Mills, and Hewlett Packard.
Trump has said that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese and has pledged to slash funding to United Nations climate programs. He put a prominent climate change denier, Myron Ebell, in charge of his Environmental Protection Agency transition team.