US climate pull out: America first rhetoric turns into America alone

US climate pull out: America first rhetoric turns into America aloneUpdated on : 03-06-2017 08:45 PM
US President Donald Trump may have earned some brownie points among his supporters for his decision to pull out of Paris Climate deal and keep a key poll promise but it’s not as simple as it appears.

That's exactly what European Commission President told Trump.

Jean-Claude Juncker took a jibe at the U.S. President saying, the notion of 'I am Trump, I am American, America First and I'm going to get out of it' - won't happen just like that. He categorically told him that it would take U.S. three to four years to leave, after the agreement came into force in November 2016.

The European Union has already told Washington that there is no scope of any sort of renegotiation as far as Paris Deal is concerned.

As Trump in his very own style announced the decision shockwaves were felt around the world. Throughout his presidential campaign last year, Donald Trump kept calling global warming a 'hoax' spread by global elites and pledged to shun the deal once he came to power.

He kept everyone guessing about his plans on Paris accord till the last moment. His aides even signalled some amount of flexibility on plans to stay in the agreement.

But the seemingly insurmountable differences between Trump and other G7 leaders at the meeting of the grouping at Sicily last week, was just a precursor.

The decision drew strong criticism not just globally but also within America. It was also an occasion for world leaders to reiterate commitment to the historic accord.

The development in fact appeared to bring nations together to re-unite in meeting the commitments made in Paris.

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy issued a joint statement terming Paris Agreement a cornerstone in cooperation. From Europe to Asia to Latin America, a united voice emerged for ensuring a better future for coming generations.

The US President is also facing stiff opposition at home. The states of Washington, New York and California have announced an alliance to meet U.S. climate goals.

No sooner than Trump targeted India and China blaming them for extracting more than they deserve, the two Asian giants underlined their pledges on global warming.

Trump had said there were too many relaxations for Beijing while New Delhi is seeking billions and billions of dollars from the U.S. New Delhi and Beijing were prompt to react saying their resolve is unwavering irrespective of the stance taken by Washington.

But sooner or later whatever happens on the ground, absence of US from the Climate scene will definitely have an impact and a deeper one. The Paris Pact had set a target of keeping global temperature rises well under 2 degree Celsius.

The US alone contributes about 15% of global carbon emissions. If US fails to keep its commitments, global temperature levels are bound to rise.

America also has a significant role in providing funding and technology to developing countries as they fight climate change. If this flow of money and resources is disrupted, achieving climate goals will become more difficult than ever.

According to United Nations World Meteorological Organization U.S. pull out could add 0.3 degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in the worst case scenario.

But there are many who believe that the decision would equally harm the U.S. Since most businesses and Americans, understand that a 21st-century economy should be more about green technology and less about fossil fuels.

When businesses, countries and people are giving more thrust to green technologies, it would be interesting to see if US companies walk a different path.

Since withdrawal from the Paris deal can take effect only from November 2020 the jury is out on the immediate impact of Donald Trump’s announcement to pull out form the climate accord.


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