An insider source on Donald Trump’s transition team says that the new president-elect is already considering methods of backing out of an agreement to limit climate change.
The agreement was signed in 2015 at the Paris Climate Conference when 195 countries, including the United States, signed a legally binding contract to take agreed-upon steps to control the global impacts of climate change. The agreement went into effect on Nov. 4, 2016.
While the agreement also lays out a four-year process for exiting the accord, Trump is looking at ways to bypass that process and get out of holding up the United States’ pledge to address climate change as the serious and real issue that it is. This isn’t surprising for a man who once said climate change was a hoax created by China, although the expediency with which he is fighting to void the U.S.’s part of the agreement is surprising, indeed.
Saying that “it was reckless for the Paris agreement to enter into force before the election,” the source explained the steps Trump is considering.
‘Alternatives were to send a letter withdrawing from a 1992 Convention that is the parent treaty of the Paris Agreement, voiding U.S. involvement in both in a year’s time, or to issue a presidential order simply deleting the U.S. signature from the Paris accord.’
Although several other countries have expressed their hope that the United States will not withdraw from the agreement, the global effort to make real change by cutting back on emissions, cut carbon pollution, and “phase out greenhouse gases” will continue even if Trump can successfully circumvent the agreement, but the United States would not participate or agree to do their part to help.
According to the source, Trump’s team blames our current president for the for being passionate about addressing climate change.
‘There wouldn’t be this diplomatic fallout on the broader international agenda if Obama hadn’t rushed the adoption.’
The agreement was praised and celebrated by environmentalists when President Obama signed it.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 16, 2016
It appears that, just like every other bit of positive progress that the country has made so far, addressing climate change will be one more area in which the United States regresses under a President Trump.
See Obama’s remarks after signing the agreement below: