Chair Fiji determined to make progress at climate summit

Joy Montgomery
May 19, 2017

Republicans have been trying to undermine the worldwide (and national) efforts to address climate change since November 2015, before President Obama even left for Paris.

Tuesday's White House announcement that Trump will postpone any decision on whether the USA will stay in the Paris Agreement temporarily lifted some uncertainty that shadowed the start of the Bonn talks.

Senior State Department environmental official David Balton said "the question of the US view of the Paris Agreement is still under consideration within the U.S. government".

Trump, during his campaign, said he would "cancel" the agreement.

"They mentioned it as something important when they spoke, and Trump said he would look at it", said the source. Trump has done Americans a great service by encouraging the debate.

Buhari had signed the Paris Agreement on September 22, 2016 on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly, saying it "demonstrated Nigeria's commitment to a global effort to reverse the effects of the negative trend".

Or perhaps there's still time for Trump to change his tune. Some of his advisers support remaining in the deal, and some have argued against it. The trip, which begins tomorrow, includes visits to the Middle East, the Vatican and Brussels, and meetings of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the G-7 major developed countries.

"Let's dream big! Let's act bigger!" a rosy-cheeked panel moderator said after a discussion that did not mention the U.S. administration. "They have the idea that maybe Trump is open to options".

That would be sufficient to offset the expected underperformance of the U.S. The United States is the number two contributor to world carbon emissions, behind China and ahead of India.

If it turned out to be a sustained decline, she said, the country's annual emissions in 2030 could be 1-2 gigatonnes lower than CAT predicted at this time past year.

Fiji's Prime Minister has issued a coded warning to Donald Trump about the dangers of climate change.

"There's not a lot of appetite to try to align yourself with Trump". "We're better served by being at that table than leaving the table", Tillerson said during his confirmation hearing, in response to a question on the accord.

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"What seems to be the case is that when he has these meetings with foreign leaders, he doesn't like any conflict", said James Goldgeier, dean of the School of International Service at American University.

"That seems to be the way that the president operates", Schaefer said.

The highly adverse rollbacks of United States climate policies by the Trump Administration, if fully implemented and not compensated by other actors, are projected to flatten U.S. emissions instead of continuing on a downward trend.

Agreed by almost all world governments in December 2015, the Paris Agreement took effect less than a year later, in November 2016.

Under the agreement, the US pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emission by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

President Trump (accompanied by from left, Vice President Pence, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke) speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington.

According to an analysis released at a round of United Nations climate talks in Bonn on Monday, China and India could more than compensate for the United States' failure to meet its proposed emissions cuts under the Paris Climate Agreement.

"One of the biggest concerns that I have around climate change is the unpredictability in which governments will go about it", van Beurden says. While the repeated delays in announcing a decision on Paris have heartened proponents of the agreement, the hardcore camp has reportedly been gaining in the most recent meetings. But others have warned that seeking to change the group's established stance on climate change won't win him cooperation on other fronts. As a result, the study projects a staggering 57 per cent of its electricity capacity may come from renewables by 2027, much higher than the 40 per cent by 2030 India set as its Paris Agreement goal.

Oil exporter Nigeria on Wednesday became the 146th country to ratify the Paris deal, and India last week said it would pursue clean energy "irrespective of what others do".

In a news release, Gov. Scott's office reaffirmed his commitment to combating climate change.

"It's not acceptable for the other six to have no mention of climate in the final G-7 communique", said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a veteran observer of global climate negotiations.

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