Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fear global warming pledge will be ditched

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement. REUTERS/How Hwee Young/Pool/File Photo
Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement. REUTERS/How Hwee Young/Pool/File Photo

Valeri Volcovici

Donald Trump is looking for quick ways to wiggle out of a global agreement on climate change, a source on his transition team has said.

The move would fly in the face of worldwide backing to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Governments ranging from China to small island states have reaffirmed support for the 2015 Paris Agreement at a climate change conference.

The complex talks, involving nearly 200 nations, are set to run until Friday in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Trump has called global warming a hoax and has promised to quit the Paris Agreement.

The accord had been strongly supported by outgoing US Democratic president Barack Obama.

It seeks to phase out net greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of the century and limit global warming to "well below" 2C.

The accord says that any country wanting to pull out after signing up has to wait four years.

Trump's advisers are considering ways to bypass that, the source said, including issuing a presidential order simply deleting the US signature from the Paris plan.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration would do everything it could to implement the changes before Trump takes office.

Irish Independent

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