US climate pledges likely to go unmet


Worldwide environmental groups meeting at the 2016 United Nations climate change conference in Morocco, said it would be a catastrophe if Trump acted on his pledge to withdraw the U.S from the deal, which took 20 years to negotiate, and to open up public land for coal, oil and gas extraction.

After China, America is the world's second largest producer of greenhouse gas.

"So we are anxious about the Paris Agreement, if America is not going to support".

Australia's ratification will bring some cheer to climate negotiators in Morocco, many of whom were stunned by the U.S. election of a climate-denying president. "The world is united behind this agreement".

It would be easy to give up, to lose hope, and to walk away from the fight. "I think it's more like taking a hit and saying okay, we need to find a way forward". "Your guess is as good as mine".

While the U.S. certainly has a long way to go in meeting the amount of carbon emission mitigation that is expected of them, a Trump presidency may reverse the efforts already done by the Obama administration.

The agreement prohibits withdrawal for three years and requires a one-year notice period before withdrawing.

There is a quicker way.

That would be controversial, partly because the Convention was signed by former Republican president George Bush in 1992 and approved by the U.S. Senate.

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The election of Donald Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax", is alarming environmentalists and climate scientists and raising questions about whether America, once again, would pull out of an worldwide climate deal.

While faster, that option would raise the diplomatic stakes.

France's environment minister and outgoing head of the United Nations climate forum Segolene Royal said Wednesday that Trump "cannot prevent the implementation" of the pact. If countries help together the much-awaited change in the climate can be resolved, according to Vox.

The appearance of oil executives such as Harold Hamm and Forrest Lucas on a leaked shortlist of Trump's for the positions of Secretary of Energy and Secretary of the Interior, respectively, is hardly surprising.

Turnbull ruled out Australian pulling out.

"The climate change question transcends politics and concerns the preservation of our livelihood, dignity and the only planet on which we all live". However, the Moroccan Foreign Minister said that there is confidence that all parties will fulfill their responsibilities and stay their course in this collective effort.

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"The Paris Agreement and any USA leadership in global climate progress is dead", said Dana Fisher, director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland.