Will #KremlinGate Save Paris Agreement?

May 13, 2017


Joe Romm in ClimateProgress:

Will President Donald Trump’s surprise move to fire FBI director James Comey this week change the dynamics that had appeared to be leading toward a decision by the Trump administration to exit the landmark Paris climate accord?

Some say yes. “Every president in the modern era who gets into trouble at home, looks to opportunities to engage other leaders on the world stage publicly and cooperatively to demonstrate their legitimacy,” Andrew Light, senior fellow at World Resources Institute and former U.S. State Department climate official, told me.

Exiting the Paris agreement would make it all but impossible for Trump to work with other world leaders on a global stage.

Backing up a couple of weeks, before the stunning Comey decision and constantly-shifting rationale behind it, things were looking very bad for global climate action.

“Momentum has turned against the Paris climate agreement” in the White House, the Washington Post reported on May 3. Trump himself slammed Paris in an April 29 speech to supporters, promising he would end “a broken system of global plunder at American expense.” The President said he would make a “big decision” on Paris within two weeks (that is, by May 12).

We were told the decision would come after a final meeting of advisers this Tuesday. But that meeting was scrapped at the last minute, reportedlybecause Secretary of State Rex Tillerson couldn’t attend. The same day, the White House announced that no decision on Paris would be made until June, after the G7 meeting with other world leaders.


Los Angeles Times:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed his name Thursday to a document that affirms the need for international action against climate change, adding further uncertainty to the direction of climate policy under the Trump administration.

The document, signed by Tillerson and seven foreign ministers from Arctic nations meeting this week in Fairbanks, Alaska, says the participants concluded their meeting “noting the entry into force of the Paris agreement on climate change and its implementation, and reiterating the need for global action to reduce both long-lived greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants.”

Called the Fairbanks Declaration, the document says the leaders signed it “recognizing that activities taking place outside the Arctic region, including activities occurring in Arctic states, are the main contributors to climate change effects and pollution in the Arctic, and underlining the need for action at all levels.”

The Trump administration has been in conflict for months over what to do about U.S. involvement in the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, which commits nearly 200 nations to establishing goals to reduce emissions that lead to climate change.


Fairbanks News-Miner:

It turns out, as Tillerson said in his opening comments at the meeting, the administration has not made up its mind, but pledged to at least listen to the Arctic nations and regional organizations as the administration weighs its options.

“In the United States, we are currently reviewing several important policies, including how the Trump administration will approach the issue of climate change,” he said.

“We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of view, and you should know that we’re taking the time to understand your concerns. We’re not going to rush to make a decision. We’re going to work to make the right decision for the United States.”

Tillerson and the foreign ministers of Russia, Canada and the five other member nations signed off on the Fairbanks Declaration, a nonbinding 46-point statement of shared priorities on climate change, Arctic ocean safety and stewardship, and improving economic and living conditions.

It does much to recognize the impacts and threats posed by climate change as well as boost best practices for reducing black carbon emissions. The document also recommends close and coordinated international monitoring of the Arctic’s changing climate, a priority that will be enhanced by a legally binding agreement that would ease Arctic research.

“The Arctic is warming at more than twice the rate of the global average, note with concern that the pace and scale of continuing Arctic warming will depend on future emissions of greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants,” according to the declaration. “(The council) reiterates the importance of global action to reduce both greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants to mitigate climate change.”


12 Responses to “Will #KremlinGate Save Paris Agreement?”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    In terms of the Paris agreement, the world will move on with or without the US. Just the pace is too slow, with or without the US.

    => Climate Action Tracker

  2. indy222 Says:

    “shifting rationale”…. I think you meant “shifting rationalization”. This guy is such a complete douchebag.

  3. Tom Bates Says:

    What Kemlin gate? Zero evidence has been presented of any Trump russian connection by him or any of his aides present or past. Flynn is the closed anybody has claimed and his problem is he did not tell the VP the entire story which made the VP look bad, a big NO No in any organization.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      You getting paid by Putin for constantly posting rubbish, Tom?

      • webej Says:

        Do you realize the budget for the latter agencies and other secret military programs totals more than the entire Russian military?

        • MorinMoss Says:

          So what? Does that mean that Russian spies & trolls are all volunteers?
          If so, pity the fools.
          Kislyak & Lavrov weren’t exactly wearing sackcloth when they met with Mango Mussolini

    • MorinMoss Says:

      Investigations like this take time and shouldn’t be done in haste.
      But there are an awful lot of threads that lead back to Russia so patience is warranted.
      There was enough breadcrumbs that the (former) FBI Director made it a priority, moving to daily briefings and taking the step of asking for more money & resources to keep digging.

  4. Sektong Chan Says:

    Paris Agreement Waste Money Waste time.Global warming, flooding, climate, carbon, energy problems, are deeply bother and affecting our planet. If we fully understand the character of Water, Geography landscape of our planet very easy solved all problems immediately. There are over 5 millions sq Km dried lakes depressions dead sea valleys in 33 countries over 100 locations. All deep under sea level, in or by deserts, within 100 Km from sea ocean & river. Once filled with one meter water will created another Amazon forest on Deserts. Lower 3-7C global temp immediately. And holds up 5 millions cubic Km water on land in lakes. Lower 5-20 m sea level solved all global flooding problem immediately.
    But only Sahara have area over 1.5 millions sq Km of dried salt lakes depressions. Been linked to sea ocean river. There are about 1.350 billions cubic Km of sea water, cover area 361 millions sq Km, average depth 3739 m, if 1.5 millions sq Km area filled with 1.5 m of water. Will hold up 2.25 millions cubic Km of water, made the average depth to 3734 m. lower global sea level 3-5 m solved global flooding immediately. And turned over 1.5 millions sq Km desert temp 0-45C to 22-32C marine coastal temp, lower Sahara temp 5-10C, fixed 2-3C global warming problem immediately. Temp lower will bringing more moisture rain vegetation deep in desert, graduate improving ecological condition of desert. More vegetation more water more seaweed algae absorb more CO2, solved 0.0004 or 400 ppm co2 problem immediately. Within billion dollar a year complete solved all major global climate problems. But if support our invest and develop Sahara project, we will response all the expense.
    Reference; Specific heat Capacity of water https://water.usgs.gov/edu/heat-capacity.html
    List of places on lands with elevation below sea level. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_on_land_with_elevations_below_sea_level
    Amazon Rainforest; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_rainforest
    Water and forest can regulate & lower temp. https://carnegiescience.edu/news/water-evaporated-trees-cools-global-climate
    Sahara inland sea https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahara_Sea http://www.weather-climate.org.uk/13.php http://www.ecoca.ro/meteo/tutorial/Climate/Older/Maritime_Climate.html http://gawker.com/5977734/can-huge-man-made-lakes-fix-our-rising-sea-levels
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    Geo Farm Group Eco-Village Design & Installation Company,
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