After the Trump administration’s controversial decision to pull out of the global Paris climate accord back in June of this year, France has seemingly stepped up to fill the void that will be left in the absence of the United States’ involvement. On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron claimed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), that France would incur the financial contributions to the agreement that would be missing with the exiting of the United States, ensuring that the proper amount of funding remains intact for the IPCC and relevant organizations aiming to empower climate change reform.
According to a piece by Reuters, Macron stated that:
‘France would make up for a shortfall in U.S. funding for the climate science research by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).’
The president further stated that “they will not miss a single euro,” in providing the IPCC with the funding that it had previously received.
At #COP23, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President @EmmanuelMacron pledge to make up any funding shortfall for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. https://t.co/VHrjYintMf pic.twitter.com/ZIrsgfVbnK
— Global Goals (@GlobalGoalsUN) November 15, 2017
— Florian Keil (@keil_florian) November 15, 2017
In the past, U.S. contributions to the IPCC amounted to roughly 2 million euros on a yearly basis, which is believed to stop as soon as the current administration has the eligibility and opportunity to finalize the exit. In justifying this retreat, President Trump provided claims that the deal was immensely unfair to the United States, and was an unbalanced pact as a whole. According to the doctrine’s regulations, the earliest in which the U.S. can pull out of the agreement is Nov. 4, 2020, leaving considerable time for policy options to change. However, the paperwork and formal notice have been presented to global leaders from President Trump, iterating the intention to leave the deal at the soonest possible time.
In making his decision to exit the Paris Accord, Trump was met by widespread criticism from officials in government and mainstream media on a global scale. As a reaction to the extensive negative sentiment which erupted from individuals and organizations within the country, an alliance by the name of “America’s Pledge” was formed by U.S. states, local cities, and companies, as a means of offsetting the lack of compensation that would result from a withdrawal.
The Paris Climate Agreement was officially signed and implemented in 2015, as a means of showing unity and emphasizing the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and oil due to their detrimental impact on the environment, and increase the availability of clean sources of energy. If the United States was to officially pullout of the deal come 2020, it would make them the sole recognized country in the world to do so.
A summit concerning global climate change has been scheduled for December 12 of this year to consider financing the climate reform actions to be taken, according to President Macron. Sources within Macron’s cabinet claim that, as of now, President Trump has not been invited to the climate change summit, and may likely remain this way considering the harsh opposition to global warming that has been espoused by the U.S. administration.
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