Tag Archives: Paris Agreement

Trump turns US into rogue climate state

Letter from Dr. B. Gerard Bricks in The Times of Chester County, Jun 23rd, 2017

Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump has turned the US into a rogue climate state.Trump is lying to us and the rest of the world about Global Warming/Climate Change (GW/CC) and the supposedly negative economic consequences to the US had the US not withdrawn.

Fortunately, the US does have progressive, forward thinking, fact-based leaders at other levels in the public and private sectors to take the lead. “WeAreStillIn” is proclaimed by: 131 Cities and Counties, 9 States, 186 Colleges and Universities, and over 900 Business and Investors.

These climate leaders know and understand the facts that Trump and his administration do not.

The US has 25% of the world’s GP, spends $1 Trillion/year on our war machine, so contributing a couple $Billion to the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries mitigate the effects of GW/CC is NOT too costly.

The US has only 4.3% of the world’s population, yet our cumulative emissions have created 29% of the GW/CC problem. We have created far more than our fair share of the problem, but Trump says we will not help solve the problem. In fact, he’s going to do his best to make it worse.

This is a global issue and requires a global response. CO2 emitted in the US does not stay in the US. It’s everywhere; the atmosphere is well mixed.

Earth’s atmosphere is a common good. It belongs to every human walking the face of the earth. It is NOT our exclusive greenhouse gas dump….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

Paris. We’re not giving up

email from Al Gore, 6/1/17. See more in “Why the US Leaving the Paris Agreement Isn’t the End of the World” at Climate Reality Project.

As you know, today the White House announced that the United States would begin the process of leaving the Paris Agreement. Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time.

But disappointment is not despair.

Make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.

Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge. We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.

As proof, just look at how communities like Salt Lake City, Utah and Boulder, Colorado are committing to switch to 100 percent renewable electricity. Just last month, California set a new record for clean energy use in the state, and over the past several weeks and months, major corporations and businesses from around the world reaffirmed their commitment to clean energy, the Paris Agreement, and US leadership on climate. The momentum of clean energy and climate action only continues to build, and ignoring that reality is shortsighted and wrong.

Now it’s up to us to pick up where the White House is leaving off. It’s up to us to keep this progress going full steam ahead. If you’re in the US, commit to pushing your local council or mayor to embrace renewable electricity in your community. If you’re outside the US, commit to pressuring your leaders to fulfill your country’s Paris Agreement pledge and keep the process moving.

My friends, it’s time to fight like our world depends on it. Because it does. And because together we will win.

Sincerely,

Al Gore
Founder and Chairman
The Climate Reality Project

President Obama Marks an Historic Moment in Our Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change

by Tanya Somanader, whitehouse.gov, 10/5/16

Summary: Today, President Obama thanks nations across the world for working to bring the Paris Agreement into force.

Ten months ago, nations from across the globe gathered in Paris to announce an historic agreement to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement established a strong global consensus to reduce carbon pollution and set the world on a low-carbon course. For the agreement to go into effect, 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions had to formally join. In September, the U.S. and China, countries that represent 40 percent of emissions, officially joined. And today, the world crossed the threshold needed to bring the Paris Agreement into force.

Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Obama welcomed this historic step in our global efforts to combat climate change….

keep reading and view video at whitehouse.gov