Trump not keen on international agreements

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Trump has labelled climate change a hoax, defying widening international support for the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump administration has told lobbyists and European diplomats that the United States will withdraw from the nearly 200-nation climate pact unless it secures concessions for the fossil fuel industry - to promote the coal industry.

The Paris agreement which seeks to halt average global warming at no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial temperatures by 2050, came in force on November 4, 2016 and has been signed by 197 countries, of which 135 have now formally ratified it.

Many nations have expressed hopes the US will stay, but they also believe the US withdrawal is a real possibility.

Myles Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, has heavily criticised Trump’s proposal to alter the Paris agreement in order to promote the coal industry.

“Whether members of his administration believe climate change is real or not is of little importance. Their goal is to maximize profits as quickly as possible. Future well being is of little concern when there’s money to be made” he said. 

Trump’s “interest in international agreements is very limited. If he can muck up a hard fought agreement that all sides have accepted in order to place the US in a more dominant position, then that fits his overall agenda” he added.

The UK foreign minister, Boris Johnson signed the pact in London last November, shortly after a parliamentary deadline passed, with no objections raised.

Speaking at the UN climate summit in Marrakech, Nick Hurd, the industry and climate minister, said: “The UK is ratifying the historic Paris agreement so that we can help to accelerate global action on climate change and deliver on our commitments to create a safer, more prosperous future for us all”. 22/3/2017

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