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The Paris climate agreement (also known as the Paris accord) is an international agreement intended to fight climate change. It is described as "the first universal, legally binding deal to tackle global warming."[1]

Origins

The Paris climate agreement was agreed to by 195 nations on December 12, 2015.[2]

At the time of its adoption, many liberals and environmentalists opposed the agreement because they did not believe it effective enough to stop supposed climate change.[3][4][5] Conservatives also opposed the agreement due to the negative economic consequences on the United States that would result from following the agreement despite its inadequacy in stopping supposed climate change, among other reasons.[6][7][8][9] Some conservatives noted the hypocrisy of the liberals negotiating the agreement.[10]

Goals and effects

The Paris climate agreement is intended to "limit" global temperatures at 1.5 Celcius (2.7 Fahrenheit).[1] The deal requires developed nations to fund poorer nations so they can develop "green" energy and adapt to the supposed effects of climate change.[2] Numerous developing countries took advantage of this by committing to more anti-pollution/emission efforts if they are paid.[11][12]

China's emissions are expected to increase until 2030, while the European Union is attempting to decrease emissions by 40 percent by the same year.[11]

Despite their climate pledges for the agreement, G-20 countries continued investing in fossil fuels – four times as much than in renewable energy.[13] Despite European environmental alarmism, U.S. coal exports to Europe (along with Asia) rose 60% in early 2017 compared to the previous year.[14]

Conservatives noted the flawed underlying presuppositions for the agreement and the failed reasoning for remaining in it.[6][7][8][9]

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions

France stopped granting licenses for oil and gas exploration in France and its territories,[15] and it set a goal of ending the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 in its effort to comply with the agreement's carbon reduction goals.[16][17][18] The United Kingdom also set a goal of banning gasoline or diesel vehicles by 2040.[19]

U.S. withdrawal

To the dismay of world leaders,[20] the media,[21] and other liberals,[22] and in a major blow to former President Barack Obama's legacy,[23] U.S. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and immediately stop its implementation,[24][25][26] including by ending payments to the U.N. Green Climate Fund.[27] In his announcement speech, Trump made clear that "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," and that "our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of America’s sovereignty."[25][28][29]

Although many environmentalists opposed the Paris agreement for not being strong enough, they opposed the U.S. withdrawal, with some accusing President Trump of committing "environmental racism."[30]

According to a Washington PostABC News poll, 59% of Americans opposed the decision to withdraw from the agreement versus 28% in support.[31] However, a Rasmussen poll found that 41% of Americans believed the Paris agreement would have increased energy costs versus 20% thinking the opposite and 23% saying it would have no effect.[32]

Many Democrat-controlled states opposed Trump's action, and Hawaii became the first state to enact a law implementing the Paris agreement's standards.[33]

Communist North Korea condemned the U.S. for leaving the accord.[34][35]

An app was created for people opposed to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement.[36]

Despite left-wing and establishment criticism of U.S. withdrawal from the agreement, the U.S. was well on its way to reducing admissions, showing that the Paris agreement was unnecessary for the U.S. from an emissions perspective.[37]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gosden, Emily (December 12, 2015). Paris climate change agreement 'a major leap for mankind'. The Telegraph. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rothwell, James; Gosden, Emily; Crilly, Rob; Millward, David (December 12, 2015). Paris climate change deal - ministers adopt historic agreement to keep global warming "well below" 2C. The Telegraph. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  3. Harvey, Fiona (December 14, 2015). Paris climate change deal too weak to help poor, critics warn. The Guardian. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  4. Chernyshova, Daria (December 11, 2015). Paris Climate Deal Unlikely to Be Strong Enough – Environmentalist Group. Sputnik. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  5. Adler, Ben (December 9, 2017). The Big Climate Agreement Won’t Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground. Mother Jones. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hayward, John (June 1, 2017). Top 7 Worst Reasons to Keep the Paris Climate Accord. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Carney, John (May 31, 2017). Every Bad Thing We Will Avoid By Rejecting the Paris Climate Accords. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Delingpole, James (April 21, 2017). Delingpole: Climate Realists Urge President Trump to Pull out of Suicidal, Expensive and Pointless Paris Agreement. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harbin, Christine (June 5, 2017). The Paris climate agreement was a terrible deal for the US. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  10. Harsanyi, David (December 4, 2015). Paris Climate Talks Reveal Progressivism’s True Hypocrisy. National Review. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Wolfgang, Ben (June 5, 2017). Developing nations in Paris climate accord threaten to keep polluting unless they’re paid. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  12. Delingpole, James (June 7, 2017). DELINGPOLE: Paris – Trump Just Dodged A $2.5 Trillion Bullet. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  13. Wolfgang, Ben (July 5, 2017). Despite Paris accord, G-20 countries invest four times as much in fossil fuels as green energy. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  14. Multiple references:
  15. Bamat, Joseph (June 23, 2017). France to stop granting oil exploration licences. France 24. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  16. Henry, Devin (July 6, 2017). France to end sales of gasoline, diesel vehicles by 2040. The Hill. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  17. Samuel, Henry (July 6, 2017). France to 'ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040'. The Telegraph. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  18. Chrisafis, Angelique; Vaughan, Adam (July 6, 2017). France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The Guardian. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  19. Henry, Devin (July 26 2017). UK to ban diesel, gasoline vehicles by 2040. The Hill. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  20. Multiple references:
  21. Multiple references:
  22. Multiple references:
  23. Wolfgang, Ben (June 1, 2017). Trump eviscerates Obama’s Paris legacy. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  24. Chakraborty, Barnini (June 1, 2017). Paris Agreement on climate change: US withdraws as Trump calls it 'unfair'. Fox News. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Moons, Michelle (June 1, 2017). Trump: U.S. Will Withdraw from Paris Climate Accord. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  26. Easley, Jonathan (June 2, 2017). Trump cements 'America First' doctrine with Paris withdrawal. The Hill. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  27. Volcovici, Valerie; Mason, Jeff (June 1, 2017). Trump abandons global climate pact; allies voice dismay. Reuters. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  28. Mason, Ian (June 1, 2017). Trump: Time to Put Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania Before Paris. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  29. Despite mockery from liberals due to the fact that the mayor of the city of Pittsburgh supported the Paris accord, Trump won the Pittsburgh metro area:
  30. Williams, Thomas D. (June 6, 2017). Trump Accused of ‘Environmental Racism’ in Withdrawal from Paris Agreement. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  31. Savransy, Rebecca (June 5, 2017). Poll: Public opposes Trump's withdrawal from Paris deal by 2:1 margin. The Hill. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  32. Starr, Penny (June 6, 2017). Poll: Americans Agree with Trump on Paris Agreement: 41% Say Deal Would Increase Energy Costs. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  33. Phillips, Ariella (June 6, 2017). Hawaii first state to enact law in step with Paris Agreement after Trump signals exit. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  34. North Korea slams Trump for pulling out of Paris Climate Agreement. Fox News. June 9, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  35. Siciliano, John (June 7, 2017). North Korea: Trump's decision on Paris Agreement 'poses great danger'. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  36. Siciliano, John (June 7, 2017). Don't like Trump's decision on Paris? There's an app for that. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  37. Wolfgang, Ben (June 21, 2017). Who needs Paris? U.S. is well on its way to lower emissions with economic, technological changes. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 22, 2017.

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