It is clear that some people in political fields do not believe in, or respect, the idea of climate change. The president is showing the largest lack of support for fighting climate change out of anyone in the White House. From pulling out of the Paris Agreement to disbanding a federal advisory panel whose goals were to guide public and private-sector officials in gaining an understanding of the findings of the government’s reports on the climate, Trump is shameless when it comes to climate change denial.
However, it has become clear that not all of those in the political world share the president’s view point and blatant disregard for the huge issue that is climate change. A Senate committee voted on Thursday to contribute $10 million to the climate change agency in the United Nations.
An amendment was proposed by Sen. Jeff Merkley, in hopes that they could restore funding to the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in the State Department appropriations bill. The Senate voted to approve the amendment with a vote of 16 to 14.
At the committee meeting on Thursday, Merkley stated the bill, “fits in with Secretary [Rex] Tillerson’s desire that we both continue to monitor the changes in the world’s climate and that we keep a seat at the table.”
Another Senator, Dianne Feinstein, spoke out in support for the amendment and how important it is.
‘This is important. You know, the world’s at risk.’
The U.N agency to which the $10 million will be going towards is responsible for a variety of climate based agreements, including the Kyoto Protocol, which America never joined, and the Paris Agreement, which the president pulled out of.
The act of even proposing this amendment, let alone passing it, was a huge act of defiance against the president. Since 1992, the United States has made annual payments to the climate change fund, but Trump proposed cutting the funding entirely within his budget proposal.
Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget Director, has disregarded that there was any need for the U.S to contribute the funding of the U.N climate change programs. While announcing Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 he stated:
‘As to climate change, I think the president was fairly straightforward — we’re not spending money on that anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.’
The House’s version of the State Department funding bill contains no funding for the U.N climate agency as it stands. The two chambers will have to discuss the differences in the final legislation.
Merkley has long been a champion of climate change recently commented that it has become obvious the issue of climate change can no longer be ignored and must be addressed.
‘We’re seeing the impact from the hurricane coming in through Houston and the very dry conditions in Oregon [worsening] the fires. If it hasn’t been obvious before to individuals that we’re facing a major challenge with climate disruption, it should be obvious now.’
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