Of course, this is traditional U.S. administration behaviour. After all, President Bush refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol. President Clinton signed it when he came into office, but it was never ratified. The U.S. Senate even voted the Byrd-Hagel Resolution 95-0 which said that the Kyoto agreement would "seriously harm the economy of the United States."
But then let's not forget that Canada ultimately pulled out of the agreement, too.
I'm just really annoyed that Teresa May hasn't had the balls to defy Trump's decision. The Tories (and probably most UK politicians the) are happy to beg for scraps from the USA and seem to be terrified of antagonizing Trump. We all knew he'd deny climate change because he said that he did in his speeches (fake news!)...but he was still voted in.
I liked that after Trump said he was concerned with Pittsburgh and not Paris, the mayor of Pittsburgh informed him that the city had voted 80% for Hillary Clinton and that it would continue with its commitments to the Paris agreement.
Mine is worse resolution, too, but at least I got to see it. I love John Oliver even when his silliness gets out of hand. His explanation of whichever matter is at hand is always brilliant, clear, and to the point.
On December 12, President Macron is inviting 2000 climatologists and heads of state to Paris to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Paris Agreement signed at the COP 21, which has now been ratified by 169 countries. Donald Trump has not been invited. The representation of the United States will be limited to a designated diplomat.
And here we are already at COP 25 in Madrid. It was supposed to be in Brazil, and then it was moved to Chile and then it wasn't in Chile anymore. At least Madrid was willing to host it, but the world is still not taking things seriously. As you know, the U.S. confirmed its withdrawal recently with a 2 year transition period that will end the day after the next presidential election. But what has the U.S. been doing in the meantime to respect its (temporary) signature? Absolutely nothing.
I found it quite symbolic tonight in view of the span of Anyport that the French evening news opened on two subjects -- the extreme fires in Australia and the fact that Victoria Falls has almost completely dried up in Zambia. The images of both were incredible.
Our fate lies in the hands of the likes of Greta thunberg not in those of our self conscious politicals. They are too busy bitching about Brexit or blocking the migrants than to take care of the planet.
It probably wouldn't be too hard to put together a huge brigade of migrants just for picking up all of the trash that the official cleaners miss. It would also be a good civic lesson because the vast majority of the migrants in my neighbourhood come from Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan, etc. and do not seem to even recognise what a waste bin is since they can be standing next to one and still throw their trash on the ground. Probably in their countries the goats and camels eat anything that drops on the ground so there is no need for waste bins. Failing that, I suggest letting some goats loose in the streets of my neighbourhood.
The United States officially left the COP21 climate agreement on 4 November 2020, one year after President Trump's official notification. It is the only country in the world to have pulled out of the agreement. President elect Biden has said that the United States will rejoin the agreement as soon as he is inaugurated.