Under Armour's Kevin Plank disagrees with Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate agreement
Jun 03 2017 by Desiree Burns
In announcing the nation's withdrawal from the accord Thursday, Trump argued that the climate agreement negotiated under President Barack Obama was unfair to US workers. While devastating to climate activists and to the spirit of global cooperation in general, this move doesn't have to stop the rest of the world-including India-from moving forward on climate goals.
Nations involved in the agreement were not as willing to submit to such negotiations. The Cambridge, Massaschusetts-based research university published a study in April 2016 titled "How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?" showing that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by between 0.6 degree and 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100. To this end, the agreement included long-term greenhouse gas emissions target contributions for each country. The three leadersalso called the climate agreement "a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change". Expressing similar views, Power Minister Piyush Goyal in a statementsaid, "India under [Prime Minister Narendra] Shri Modi's leadership has taken up renewable energy as an article of faith and is steadfast on its Paris commitments, irrespective of what others do". The EU is planning to reinforce existing partner relations and find new allies from among the world's biggest economies as well as countries most vulnerable to climate change to vigorously move forward with implementing the Paris Agreement.
An analysis by the Climate Action Tracker, a consortium of researchers, suggests that climate-change policies instituted by Obama would have cut USA greenhouse-gas emissions by 10% below 2005 levels in 2025.
It appears other nations ― specifically China and India, which are beginning to ditch fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy ― are now picking up that slack. "India will be allowed to double its coal production, we're expected to half ours", he said at the White House on Thursday.
Trump also failed to acknowledge that India's per capita carbon emissions are a mere fraction of the US's, or almost 300 million people in India still live without reliable access to electricity, while misstating that India's participation in the accords was contingent on receiving "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in aid.
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"It is so refreshing to have a president who just stands without apology for the American people, for the American economy, and for America's interests in the world first", Pence said, arguing that America's commitment to the Paris accord - which aims to fight global warming by reducing carbon emissions - "put a real burden on our economy and on our people". "This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States". But nevertheless, Musk (and several other tech tycoons, we'll get to them) said that they can only make a change by sitting at the table.
US President Donald Trump has made a decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord, after months of heated debate among members of his administration. Nike has also weighed in on the issue following the announcement. China now has the opportunity to fill this role as well.
The Green Fund is created to help poor countries adapt to climate change and bypass some of the heavily polluting technologies formerly used by rich countries. These agreements are still in place, though they may be up for discussion during Modi's visit to the White House later this month.
Tapping into the "America First" message he used on the election trail, Mr Trump announced the withdrawal yesterday, saying that participating would undermine the United States economy, wipe out U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to others. Heads of business and capital have already stated their dissatisfaction with Trump's decision.