Paris Peace Accord
Writer: Sahil Bashir Editor: Lauren Cohn
President Trump has surely had his moments. From declaring to build the wall along Mexico to the Russian investigation, Trump’s presidency is a spectacle to behold. However, his latest plan as president is quite a shock to environmentalists everywhere.
Trump has decided to remove the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Signed by President Obama in April 2016, the Paris Agreement is a plan to deal with climate change through the decrease of carbon emissions and heat-trapping gasses.The goal is to keep the average world temperature from increasing more than two degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Corbin gasses can come from a variety of sources such as vehicles, factories, power plants, etc. Every country has signed the agreement, even isolated countries such as North Korea and Syria. Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, attempted to justify the action, explaining that this the Paris Agreement is an “unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses and taxpayers.”
There is still one complication that Trump must face. Due to the fact that it will take 12 months for the United States to officially leave the treaty, and Trump’s term ends in less time than that, he must be re-elected as president before he can officially carry through. Because of this, if another candidate is elected, they can easily rejoin the agreement.
Former Vice President Al Gore, now a global warming activist, has made comments on the event, as well as how the US has been keeping up with their half of the agreement. According to Gore, “… the US will not only meet but exceed the commitments it made under the Paris agreement.” He also praised the agreement, stating that “The Paris Agreement was a fantastic and historic breakthrough-every nation in the world committed to go to net zero global warming pollution by mid-century.”
So, what does this all mean for the United States and its people? On the one hand, the Paris Agreement is an amazing call to action against climate change. On the other hand, as long as the US continues to uphold their own against the issue, there should not be any problems. It seems that the future of America’s involvement in this global initiation is, at the moment, unknown.