One of the biggest issues ahead of the G-7 summit in Taormina, Italy, is whether or not President Trump will be the fulfillment of his election promise to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change, or if his European colleagues to convince the U.S. leader to keep his country in the historic and controversial accord.
With Trump’s inner circle is divided on the issue – climate change-skeptics such as chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt want the USA to fall out of the agreement, while the former ExxonMobil CEO and current Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, Trump-daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to the benefit of the rest of the accord, analysts say that the G-7 leaders have a Prime opportunity to make their case to the US President.
“What we have seen of Trump is that he takes personally the one-on-one conversations, he said, with other leaders of the world,” David Waskow, Director of the World Resources Institute’s climate team, Fox News. “Such a persuasion may be a pair of real effect if it is delivered in a very personal way.”
The rest of the G-7 Nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom – are all strong supporters of the Paris agreement, the other 188 countries that have signed it are, and the idea with the U.S. withdrawal from the accord has been of concern to a global. The United States is the world’s second largest emitter of carbon dioxide, and the compliance of the emissions-cutting deal from the spring under the Obama administration is seen by some to hold as important, the other Nations in line.
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A U. N. panel of climate scientists says it is at least 95 percent likely that man-made greenhouse gas emissions, especially the burning of fossil fuels-are the main cause of climate change since 1950. In each of the past three years, the average global temperatures to record values, and the Fort is projected to set warming of the planet, to cause, worsening droughts, sea level rise, floods, heat waves and species of the animal world will die.
On the election campaign last year, then-candidate, Trump has been highly critical of the Paris agreement – the promise of the “cancel” button, the offer and the call climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese – and since taking office in January, his government reversed a number of Obama was made, again-era environmental rules in the hope of breathing new life into the fight for coal and fossil fuel industry. The accord has no sanctions for non-compliance, but has a principle, that Nations set targets harder this century.
In the last month, but Trump wavered is his promise to withdraw from the contract, he is not only a division on the issue within his own White house, but the pressure from a diverse and large number of industries. Retail giants like Walmart, tech companies like Apple and even the fossil-fuel titans of Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell have expressed all support for the accord.
“It would be very helpful on a number of fronts,” Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, told the Financial Times this week about the possibility of a U.S. withdrawal. “With the United States as the largest investment location for companies such as Shell, Yes, I think I would regret that a lot of businesses here that draw potentially at a disadvantage, because [the] consequences of this decision to Paris.”
G7 countries need to play to the US strengths and show Trump that it is a great advantage to a stay in the agreement for the US economy and the labour market.
– David Cash, of the University of Massachusetts Boston
While there are arguments that a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement could hurt the prospects for cooperation with the other G-7 Nations on other issues, from trade to national security, experts say, is the best route, the European heads of state should take in order to convince Trump to stay in the Paris agreement, is the highlight of the economic risks – and not the environment– that the withdrawal from the business could bring.
“The trump-administrative leave and a huge economic opportunity for the table, as long as the US leaves the agreement,” David Cash, the Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, said Fox News.
Cash said that advances in alternative energy sources such as offshore wind, solar, and electric cars, countries and companies continue their investment in so-called green energy.
“It is not difficult, said to see a long-term, robust industry on fossil fuels as all of the big fossil companies are diversifying and see themselves as energy companies, oil companies” Cash. “The G-7 leaders need to play to the US strengths and show Trump that it is a great advantage to a stay in the agreement for the US economy and the labour market.”
Together with the support of European heads of state and business leaders, the Paris MOU is also popular with the majority of the American voters.
In a National representative survey in November after the election, The Associated Press found that seven out of 10 registered voters say the United States should, at the Paris climate agreement. Only 13 percent say the United States should.
A majority of Democrats and independents, as well as half the Republicans, who say the United States should participate. Only conservative Republicans are split, with slightly more, namely, the United States should participate, as to say, we should.
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On Thursday, a group of 40 Senate Democrats in a letter to Trump, urging him to withdraw from the Paris agreement. They argued that the step would not only harm the environment, but also the United States on the world stage.
“The policies in relation to climate change are not only good for the environment, they are good for our economy, they are good for our country,” Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, said at a press conference in Washington, DC, “The agreement was signed by almost 200 Nations, if the United States, we would in addition to Syria and North Korea.”
Conservative and free market thinker, however, to follow that Trump, with his promise to leave the offer, claiming that it wages a “regulatory war” against America.
“The Paris-climate-Treaty is an all-pain-no-gain-agreement, do not produce measurable climate benefits and exacerbating energy poverty around the globe,” Myron Ebell, the former head of Trump’s EPA transition team and a Director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told the Guardian.
As the President has delayed the decision on the climate agreement numerous times since taking office earlier this year, the only certainty is that no decision be taken until Trump’s trip returns from his first abroad as President.
“The more opportunities we have to make the case for staying with the agreement, the better,” Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of the environment of the Maldives, said the chair of the Alliance of Small island States in Bonn, told Reuters.