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    President Biden officially announcing the United States' reentry into the Paris Agreement at the Munich Security Conference Donald Trump told his supporters that he would take the U.S. out of the Paris global climate agreement even before he took office in 2017. And he did. Only the process of leaving was long enough that it took until close to the end of 2020 before it became official. Now, 107 days after the United States left the accord, it’s back. On Friday, the United States officially reenters the Paris Agreement, along with 175 other nations. That leaves just Eritrea, Iraq, South Sudan, Libya, and Yemen as nations that are not signatory to the agreement—and most of those have been rather busy over the last few years. From even before it was negotiated, Republicans started pushing propaganda about the agreement, and making claims that it somehow benefits China, or is a gift to...
    Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced Friday that the United States formally rejoined the Paris climate agreement, arguing it will "help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming" and "build resilience" around the world. The largely symbolic act comes as the Biden administration has quickly moved to reverse the energy policies of former President Donald Trump -- including revoking the Keystone XL pipeline permit. President Biden has also signed executive actions to eliminate federal subsidies for oil and other fossil fuels and moved to halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. Blinken, in a statement Friday, described the agreement as an "unprecedented framework for global action." "We know because we helped design it and make it a reality," he said. "Its purpose is both simple and expansive: to help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming and to build resilience around the world to the impacts from climate...
    The US officially rejoined the Paris Climate Accord on Friday — almost a month after President Biden declared that the US again accepted the agreement’s terms. Former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the accord. He said it was ineffective because it allows countries to voluntarily restrain their own pollution and seeks to hold the US and other industrialized countries to a higher standard. Although Trump said in 2017 the US was pulling out, the move was largely symbolic and it didn’t actually happen until last year following a one-year notification period to the United Nations. UN officials cheered the return of the US — even though Biden’s climate team, led by John Kerry, is angling to help craft a more ambitious pact at a meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, in November. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it “is itself very important,” and former UN global warming chief...
    Madison Summers February 19, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry is declaring “there’s no room for B.S. anymore” on the climate crisis. Kerry, former Secretary of State, during Friday’s interview on CBS “This Morning” was asked how much time “we have left to avert climate catastrophe.” “Well, the scientists told us three years ago we have 12 years to avert the worst consequences of climate crisis,” Kerry responded. “We are now three years gone so we have nine years left.” Kerry was later questioned on how “aggressive” people need to be in order to “solve” the climate crisis. He said that “even if we did everything that we said we were going to do when we signed up in Paris, we would see a rise in the earth’s temperature somewhere around 3.7 degrees or more, which is catastrophic.” CBS co-host Anthony Mason...
    The United States on Friday officially rejoined the 2015 Paris Agreement, reversing a Trump administration decision to leave the climate pact aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions. “The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action -- we know because we helped design it and make it a reality,” U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement. “Its purpose is both simple and expansive: to help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming and to build resilience around the world to the impacts from climate change we already see.” In 2017, then-president Donald Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the landmark agreement, saying it was in the United States’ “economic interest to do so.” But terms for leaving the accord meant it did not go into effect until Nov. 4, 2020 – one day after the U.S. presidential election won by Joe Biden. On Jan. 20,...
    President Joe Biden will make his debut on the world stage on Friday in a pair of speeches where he will claim the 'America First' era is over, warn of attacks on democracy by Russia and address a range of concerns about China. Biden will speak at a virtual G7 summit, addressing the leaders of the world's richest countries, and then make remarks to the annual Munich Security Conference. Both events are virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.   In his dual speeches, the president will make clear the United States will re-engage on the world stage after four years of Donald Trump's 'America First' isolationist strategy but he will not spend his time repudiating his predecessor. Biden intends to 'declare that America is back and the transatlantic alliance is back,'  a senior administration official told reporters on a call previewing Biden's remarks on Thursday night. 'The focus of his speech tomorrow...
    (CNN)The United States officially rejoined the landmark international accord to limit global warming known as the Paris Agreement on Friday. Hours after he was sworn-in on January 20, President Joe Biden signed an executive order beginning the 30-day process for the US to reenter the global pact.The US had officially exited the agreement late last year on former President Donald Trump's orders, becoming the first and only country to formally pull out of the deal since it was adopted in 2015. Trump spent much of his time in office weakening many of the country's bedrock climate and environmental guardrails.On Friday, Secretary of State Tony Blinken called the Paris Agreement an "unprecedented framework for global action.""Now, as momentous as our joining the Agreement was in 2016 -- and as momentous as our rejoining is today -- what we do in the coming weeks, months, and years is even more important," Blinken...
    WASHINGTON -- The United States is back in the Paris climate accord, just 107 days after it left.While Friday's return is heavily symbolic, world leaders say they expect America to prove its seriousness after four years of being pretty much absent. They are especially anticipating an announcement from the U.S. in coming months on its goal for cutting emissions of heat-trapping gases by 2030.The U.S. return to the Paris agreement became official Friday, almost a month after President Joe Biden told the United Nations that America wants back in. "A cry for survival comes from the planet itself," Biden said in his inaugural address. "A cry that can't be any more desperate or any more clear now."Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office reversing the pullout ordered by his predecessor, President Donald Trump. The Trump administration had announced its withdrawal from the Paris accord in 2019...
    A French court found its government guilty of not meeting its commitments to the Paris climate accord. In what was dubbed the “first major climate trial in France,” the court declared that the French government was guilty of inaction but only ordered it to pay a symbolic fine of 1 Euro to the four nongovernmental organizations that brought a lawsuit against the government. The court will also decide within two months whether the government will have to take any more actions to rectify its failure to meet its climate obligations. Oxfam France’s head Cecile Duflot, whose organization was one of the NGOs that filed the lawsuit, called the decision "a historic victory for climate justice." The group was joined by Greenpeace and two other environmental organizations in filing the suit, denouncing the French government’s “climate inaction” and circulating a petition that garnered over 2 million signatures. As part of...
    In an ironic twist, a Paris court has convicted the French government of not upholding its commitments stemming from the Paris climate accord. After a complaint was filed by four environmental NGOs in March 2019 with the support of over two million signatories, the Paris court has now ruled that the French state has not respected the commitments made in terms of the environment and that it is liable for “climate inaction.” In its unprecedented decision, the court found the state guilty of a failure to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) as it had committed to do and fined the government a symbolic one euro in compensation to the applicant associations as recompense for “moral damages.” The Paris climate accord, signed five years ago, sought to restrain global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The court found the state guilty of “negligence in the fight against climate...
    Paris — Four environmental groups are crying victory after France was found guilty of failing to meet climate change goals it committed to in a historic accord signed in and named after its own capital city. The Administrative Tribunal in Paris ruled Wednesday that France had fallen short of its promise to reduce greenhouse gases under commitments made in the 2015 Paris Agreement, and was "responsible for ecological damage." While the court declared the government guilty of inaction, it rejected a claim for damages by the four NGOs that brought the suit, ordering the government to pay just one symbolic euro to them instead. The tribunal also said it would decide within two months whether to recommend any measures for the government to resolve its failure to meet its own commitments. In January, the court called the proceedings the "first major climate trial in France." Jean-Francois Julliard, executive director of...
    The Paris Agreement, if fully implemented, would lower temperatures around the planet by 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit, stated Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and author of False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. “If all nations did all of their promises, which include what Obama originally promised, we would see temperature cuts by the end of the century of less than 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit,” Lomborg said in reference to the Paris Agreement, an international agreement brokered by the United Nations and described by the institution as “an international treaty on climate change.” U.S. reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in recent years is primarily a function of the increasing share of America’s energy coming from natural gas, Lomborg noted. Lomborg explained, “This is not what’s going to make or break the climate conversation. What...
    Just months into his presidency, I argued President Trump should keep the United States in the Paris Climate Accord under new conditions. As an elected official from an energy-producing state, I believed then – as I do now – the United States has a leadership role to play on the world stage. If we recuse ourselves, we diminish our opportunities to advance America’s interests and play into the hands of competitors like China whose influence will grow as we merely shout from the sidelines. Lest we forget, China emits more than the United States and the European Union combined, and they are not expected to reach peak emissions for another 10 years. How will we ever hold them accountable if we do not assert ourselves? Part of President Biden’s energy platform focuses on nuclear energy and carbon capture technology, areas in the energy industry with bipartisan support at home and...
    President Joe Biden has put climate policy at the forefront of his administration’s agenda, but climate policy experts Thursday warned his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and rejoin the Paris Climate Accord could eliminate thousands of jobs. “Joe Biden, through his wrong-headed climate policy, has unleashed a job destruction pandemic on the American people, Heartland Institute president James Taylor told reporters in a press conference Thursday. “This job destruction pandemic is deliberate, intentional and devastating to the American people.” In just the first week of his presidency, Biden has signaled his commitment to a progressive climate agenda. The president signed executive orders rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, revoking the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and temporarily suspending fossil fuel leasing permits on federal lands. President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office as he signs executive orders at the White House on January 20, 2021 (Jim Watson/AFP via...
    Most Americans approve of Joe Biden's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in his first four days as president, but one-third of voters are against his decision to reenter the World Health Organization. Biden's honeymoon phase has earned him 69 per cent approval in his COVID-19 response and 57 per cent confidence in his ability to unify the country, according to a poll released Sunday from ABC News/Ipsos. The same poll, however, indicates Biden does have a weak spot – unsurprisingly, among Republicans. A vast majority of those on the right disapprove of Biden's decision to, on the first day of his administration, reverse Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization and Paris Climate Accord. Many Republicans view these organizations as financially unfair to America. The survey shows that 61 per cent of Republicans are against returning to the WHO and 72 per cent are opposed to signing onto...
    BERLIN (AP) — World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned over the past four years. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron were among those welcoming Biden’s decision to rejoin the the Paris climate accord, reversing a key Trump policy in the first hours of his presidency Wednesday. “Rejoining the Paris Agreement is hugely positive news,” tweeted Johnson, whose country is hosting this year’s U.N. climate summit. Macron said that with Biden, “we will be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our planet.” The Paris accord, forged in the French capital in 2015, commits countries to put forward plans for reducing their emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, which is...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz was not happy with President Joe Biden reentering the Paris Climate Accord. He says it does not benefit the people of Pittsburgh. It was similar to a statement by former President Donald Trump when he wanted to pull out of the agreement in 2017. “From Pittsburgh to President Biden, thank you for taking this first step on climate. Now let’s finish that journey by transitioning to 100 percent clean renewable energy,” PennEnironment Clean Air Advocate Zach Barber said over Zoom. The environmental advocacy group says this is a good first step in fighting climate change. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto praised the president’s action. He said the agreement has a “special import for our city given our worldwide leadership in battling climate change.” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was critical of Senator Cruz’s statement. “Outrageous. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s...
    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg jabbed at Sen. Ted Cruz after he expressed disappointment with President Biden returning the United States to the Paris climate accord. Thunberg, who shot to international prominence after skipping school to protest the effects of climate change, welcomed the news after Biden submitted a letter of intent to the United Nations on Wednesday for the U.S. to reenter the global pact to combat climate change that the Trump administration rejected. She also took a dig at the Texas Republican with her missive. “So happy that USA has finally rejoined the Pittsburgh Agreement. Welcome back!” the 18-year-old activist tweeted to her 4.6 million followers. So happy that USA has finally rejoined the Pittsburgh Agreement. Welcome back!— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 21, 2021 The tweet was in reference to a statement from Cruz that accused Biden of being more invested in Parisians...
    Savannah Rychcik January 21, 2021 0 Comments Actor and comedian Seth Rogen and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) clashed on Twitter over President Joe Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord. In his statement, Cruz criticized Biden for making the move and said the president is disregarding the interests of Americans. “By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh,” he wrote. Cruz added, “This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.” By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.— Senator Ted Cruz...
    More On: climate change Biden’s plan to kill Keystone XL pipeline to appease loony left will kill jobs, insult top US ally Biden to pull Keystone XL pipeline permit on first day: report Joe Biden’s climate-change plans will burn billions, won’t bring change we actually need 2020 sets yet another global temperature record BERLIN — World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron were among those welcoming Biden’s decision to rejoin the the Paris climate accord, reversing a key Trump policy in the first hours of his presidency Wednesday. “Rejoining the Paris Agreement is hugely positive news,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. Britain, which is hosting this year’s UN climate summit, looked forward to working with the Biden...
    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has mocked Senator Ted Cruz after he claimed that by rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Joe Biden cared more for people in the French capital than in Pittsburgh. Moving to reverse Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement, named as such because it was negotiated by 196 nations during a summit in Paris in 2016, was one of Biden’s first executive orders issued on his first day in office. Texas Senator Cruz immediately took issue, taking to Twitter to claim the deal will not affect climate change but would greatly harm American jobs. ‘By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh,’ Cruz wrote on Wednesday evening. ‘This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.’  Congresswoman...
    Hours after the inauguration, President Joe Biden signed a number of executive orders, one of which promises the United States’ re-entry into the Paris Climate Accord. In 30 days, rejoining the Agreement will be official. Source: MSNBC/YouTube The Paris Climate Accords was adopted in 2015 in order to curb climate change and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius by reducing global emissions. The countries involved must implement structural changes to help achieve these goals and pledge to enhance their climate goals every five years. Under the Obama administration, the US promised to reduce emissions 28% from 2005 levels, by 2025. Trump spoke about withdrawing from the Agreement since he was elected, claiming that the Paris Climate Accord put American workers at a disadvantage and benefitted other countries. On November 4th, 2019, Trump submitted a notification to withdraw, which became official one year later, right before the election. This made the United States the...
    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized President Joe Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord in a Wednesday statement. Cruz tweeted that the move shows Biden is more “interested in the views of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh.” By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 20, 2021 “Rejoining the Paris agreement isn’t about ‘restoring America’s leadership abroad’ or ‘solving the climate crisis,’ but instead it is about Democrats’ plans to destroy jobs they don’t like — including thousands of manufacturing jobs — and cede control of our energy future to other countries,” Cruz said in a statement. Former-President Donald...
    A group of Republican senators on Wednesday called on newly sworn-in President Joe Biden to submit his plan to re-engage the United States in the Paris climate agreement to lawmakers for "review and consideration," moments after Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the accord. Bidens announcement that he would seek to return the United States to the agreement was the centerpiece of a raft of day-one executive orders aimed at restoring U.S. leadership in combating global warming. However, the senators move reflects the deep-seated political divisions over global warming policy that are likely to dog Democrat Biden throughout his presidency as he seeks to drive greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Sen. Steve Daines submitted a resolution arguing the president should not be allowed to commit the United States to an international treaty without approval of two-thirds of the Senate. The chamber has 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans,...
    Reuters January 20, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced America’s return to the international Paris Agreement to fight climate change, the centerpiece of a raft of day-one executive orders aimed at restoring U.S. leadership in combating global warming. The announcements also included a sweeping order to review all of former President Donald Trump’s actions weakening climate change protections, the revocation of a vital permit for TC Energy’s Keystone XL oil pipeline project from Canada, and a moratorium on oil and gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that Trump’s administration had recently opened to development. The orders by the newly sworn-in president will mark the start of a major policy reversal in the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China, after the Trump administration pilloried climate science and rolled back environmental regulation to maximize fossil fuel development. Biden has promised to put the...
    Among the 17 executive actions U.S. President Joe Biden signed during his first hours in office Wednesday, two will strengthen frayed cooperation with the United Nations on boosting global health and combating climate change.  Making good on campaign promises, Biden halted the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization and rejoined the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.  FILE - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres."I am committed to working closely with President Biden and other leaders to overcome the climate emergency, and recover better from COVID-19," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement welcoming the actions.  In mid-April last year, as the coronavirus pandemic was spreading across the globe, then-president Donald Trump cut off U.S. funding to the WHO, saying it was "virtually controlled by China." He then went further, triggering the process to pull the U.S. completely out of the organization. The withdrawal was due to go into effect in...
    With the third executive order of his new administration, President Joe Biden said the US will rejoin the Paris Agreement. Initially finalized in 2015, the climate change accord saw 143 countries, including the US, agree to limit global temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The US, under then President Obama, joined the agreement without a vote from Congress, which left the door open for his successor to abandon the treaty in the same way. And that’s exactly what the President Trump did when he announced the US planned to withdraw from the accord back 2017, calling it “unfair” at the time. In 2019, the administration began the formal process of leaving the agreement. The timing of everything worked out such that the process wouldn’t be complete until the day after the 2020 election, allowing another president, if elected, to rejoin the agreement.
    (CNN)Hours after he was sworn in, President Joe Biden announced the US plans to reenter the Paris climate accord, the landmark international agreement signed in 2015 to limit global warming, in a sign of Biden's urgency to address the climate crisis.The US abandoned the agreement late last year on former President Donald Trump's orders. Trump spent much of his time in office weakening many of the country's bedrock climate and environmental guardrails. Experts say that rejoining the agreement s is a significant step by the Biden administration to reverse the climate policies of the last four years. But now comes the hard work.The lost years: Climate damage that occurred on Trumps watch will endure long after he is goneAs he takes the reins of the executive branch, the challenges that Biden faces rival any confronted by his 45 predecessors -- an out-of-control pandemic, a sputtering economy and the threat of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden planned Wednesday to return the United States to the worldwide fight to slow global warming in one of his first official acts, and to immediately launch a series of climate-friendly efforts that would transform how Americans drive and get their power. “A cry for survival comes from the planet itself,” Biden said in his inaugural address. “A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear now.” Biden was to sign an executive order rejoining the Paris climate accord within hours of taking the oath of office, fulfilling a campaign pledge. The move undoes the U.S. withdrawal ordered by predecessor Donald Trump, who belittled the science behind climate efforts, loosened regulations on heat-trapping oil, gas and coal emissions, and spurred oil and gas leasing in pristine Arctic tundra and other wilderness. The Paris accord commits 195 countries and other signatories to come...
    Yahoo News Masaryk, from a luxury avenue in Mexico to a ghost zone MEXICO CITY, (EL UNIVERSAL) .- The economic blow of the covid-19 pandemic has caused the closure of luxury stores in the most exclusive areas of Mexico City, causing rents to fall between 15 and 20% in avenues like Masaryk, in Polanco; the Madero pedestrian street in the Historic Center, as well as in Altavista or Santa Fe. According to the firm specialized in the real estate sector Lamudi, derived from the health contingency, the stores have had to close a good part of their premises, as has been seen in the main commercial corridors of the capital. In the case of Masaryk alone, in December 32 stores had been reported to close, including boutiques, wedding dress and jewelry stores, while most of the firms have focused on maintaining their sales through various e-commerce platforms Lamudi highlighted that...
    Joe Biden will be keeping busy during the first days of his presidency after vowing to enact several executive orders right away while on the campaign trail. Among the promises Biden has made include mask mandates, striking down the travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries, and having the United States rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. While it's an ambitious plan, Biden plans on signing a handful of executive orders on his first day in office, per a memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain. One of the executive orders Biden will sign is a reversal of the travel ban, which first affected people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen when it was implemented in January 2017. According to his chief of staff, Biden has plans to sign up to about a dozen executive orders The travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries is one of...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign roughly a dozen executive orders, including rejoining the Paris climate accord and ending the travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries, on his first day in office, according to a memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain.He'll also sign orders halting evictions and student loan payments during the coronavirus pandemic and issuing a mask mandate on all federal property in an effort to either roll back moves made by the Trump administration or advance policy in a way that was impossible in the current administration. One of Biden's most common campaign trail promises was to tackle an issue on his first day in office -- a pledge he usually made to either contrast himself with President Donald Trump or highlight just how important he believed an issue to be. These promises were made on everything from climate change to immigration to foreign policy, and...
    Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week 24 DAYS UNTIL JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE Bob Berwyn at Inside Climate News writes—Five Years After Paris, Where Are We Now? Facing Urgent Choices. Climate experts point to some signs of hope, but add: ‘That is not nearly enough’: [...] Five years ago, as negotiations for the Paris climate agreement ran into overtime, lights on the Eiffel Tower cut through the fog, signaling the urgency of reaching an accord: No Plan B, they cautioned. Five years later, the global pact, signed by 197 countries, is still the only plan on the table, barring a wholesale move to another planet. It formally recognizes the serious threat of global warming and identifies solutions to prevent the worst-case outcome by capping warming at close to 1.5 degrees Celsius. That would require decarbonizing global energy,...
    Republicans Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham have outlined a way for President Donald Trump to trip up President-elect Joe Biden's plans to rejoin the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.  Graham, in a series of tweets, and Cruz, in a letter addressed to Trump, aimed to get the two agreements treated as treaties, so they'd need a two-thirds Senate vote for passage, as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.  Cruz asked Trump to submit the two agreements to the Senate, while Graham tweeted that he was working to secure a vote.  Allies of President Donald Trump, Sens. Ted Cruz (left) and Lindsey Graham (right) have figured out a way to trip up President-elect Joe Biden if he goes through with a campaign promise to rejoin the Paris climate accord and the Iranian nuclear deal  Cruz wants Trump (pictured) to submit the Iran deal and the...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday the country was doubling down on clean energy sources and was on track to achieve the emissions norms set under the 2015 Paris climate change accord. India, one of the top emitters of greenhouses gases that lead to global warming, is eyeing 450 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity by 2030, Modi said in an address to the Global Climate Ambition Summit. Renewable energy capacity would reach 175 gigawatt before 2022, he said. (Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: environment, India, renewable energy, international trade, water, pollutionGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedNational NewsFDA Issues EUA for Pfizer VaccineAmerica 2020Supreme Court Tosses Texas LawsuitAmerica 2020Donald Trump v. The CourtsPoliticsHunter Biden Probe Complicates AG PickAmerica 2020Biden Gets the Band Back TogetherCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily...
    The forecast for global warming is looking a little less bleak in the long term, but not so rosy in the short term. With numerous countries pledging to clean up their act and projected temperature rises now smaller than they once were, scientists and diplomats say the outlook for mid-to-late century is not as gloomy as it was when the historic 2015 Paris climate accord was signed. But they caution that impacts of warming already are hitting Earth harder than scientists predicted. And they say the use of coal, oil and natural gas that fuels climate change is not dropping as much as needed, despite cheaper renewable energy. On Saturday, exactly five years after the Paris climate agreement was struck, world leaders will gather virtually to both celebrate progress and chart the next steps. The summit, hosted by the France, the United Kingdom and the UN, is designed to press...
    John Kerry, whom former Vice President Joe Biden has selected to serve as his administration’s “climate czar,” proclaimed Tuesday that the Paris climate agreement is insufficient in fighting climate change. “Mr. president-elect, you’ve put forward a bold transformative climate plan. But you’ve also underscored that no country alone can solve this challenge,” Kerry stated during a press conference hosted by Biden in Delaware. John Kerry, who is nominated for a new position as special presidential envoy for climate: "To end this crisis, the whole world must come together…All nations must raise ambition together, or we will all fail together. And failure is not an option." https://t.co/qiBtVAm8ia pic.twitter.com/k3dI65dFsc — CBS News (@CBSNews) November 24, 2020 “You’re right, to rejoin Paris on Day 1,” Kerry then said, before adding, “And you’re right to recognize that Paris alone is not enough.” The Hill notes: Biden has proposed a $2 trillion climate plan that would...
    Here we are in the midst of the second wave of a once-in-a-half-century pandemic, with the economy flattened and millions of Americans unemployed and race riots in the streets of our major cities. And President-elect Joe Biden says that one of his highest priorities as president will be to ... reenter the Paris Climate Accord. Trump kept his America First promise and pulled America out of this Obama-era treaty. Biden wants us back in -- immediately. Why? Paris is an unmitigated failure. You don't have to take my word for it. National Geographic, a supporter of climate change action, ran the numbers and admits in its recent headline: "Most Countries Aren't Hitting 2030 Climate Goals." That's putting it mildly. Most haven't even reached half their pledged target for emission reductions. LIZ PEEK: LIBERAL LIES HAVE CREATED THIS MOMENT – TRUMP CAN DO THIS TO SECURE HIS LEGACY Robert Watson, the...
    DONALD Trump told other world leaders he withdrew from the Paris climate accord because it he thinks it was made to "kill the American economy." Trump's comments came on Sunday during the virtual Group of 20 (G20) summit, before he headed off to golf for the second day in a row. 11Trump claimed the Paris climate agreement was made to 'kill the American economy'Credit: Ruptly 11Donald Trump was seen golfing after his virtual speechCredit: Reuters "To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris climate accord, a very unfair act for the United States,” Trump said in a statement. He said the agreement was “not designed to save the environment. It was designed to kill the American economy.” The summit is hosted by Saudi Arabia, and includes world leaders discussing ways to protect the planet. Trump has long been critical of the agreement –...
    President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the U.S. economy, not save the planet. “To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris climate accord, a very unfair act for the United States,” Trump said in a video statement from the White House to the Group of 20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia. His comments came during a discussion among the world’s largest economies on safeguarding the Earth. U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks off Marine One at the White House after spending the weekend at the G20 Summit and meeting Kim Jong Un, in the DMZ on June 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Donald Trump met Sunday with Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and became the first U.S. president to step onto...
    By DEB RIECHMANN and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the U.S. economy, not save the planet. “To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris climate accord, a very unfair act for the United States,” Trump said in a video statement from the White House to the Group of 20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia. His comments came during a discussion among the world's largest economies on safeguarding the Earth. President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office in January, has said he will rejoin the global pact that the U.S. helped forge five years ago. Trump contended the international accord was “not designed to save the environment. It was designed to kill the American economy." Trump, who has...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord and touted American oil and natural gas production during a virtual session focused on safeguarding the environment on the final day of the Group of 20 summit.Trump was making what is likely to be his final appearance at an international summit after losing the US presidential election to Joe Biden. His views on the climate crisis -- along with a host of other issues, from trade to security -- have caused deep fissures in traditional US alliances that President-elect Biden has promised to repair.Trump's speech on the environment, which was pre-taped from the White House, provided an apt end to his four years of disagreements on the issue with fellow world leaders. In it, Trump called the 2015 Paris agreement "one-sided" and claimed it was designed to inflict ruin on the US economy."The Paris accord was not designed to save the...
    WILMINGTON, DE - NOVEMBER 19: President-elect Joe Biden answers a reporter question after he delivered remarks at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)The Washington Post | The Washington Post | Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden will reenter the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement, the global pact forged five years ago among nearly 200 nations to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The move will come after President Donald Trump formally withdrew the country from the climate change agreement on Nov. 4, which was the earliest possible date under its terms. Biden said he will bring the U.S. back into the accord as early as February 2021. Here's a look at what rejoining means for the U.S. and the world and what could happen next.What the Paris Agreement doesWhile the official U.S. exit from the accord...
    India is the only G20 nation doing its “fair share” to meet the climate change mitigation commitments it agreed to under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, a 2020 Climate Transparency report published on Wednesday revealed. Climate Transparency is an international group of 14 research and non-governmental organizations that examines global climate action. In its report, the group examined the efforts taken by G20 nations to tackle climate change since the 2015 Paris Agreement. The organization assigned participating nations a score based on a Climate Action Tracker (CAT), which “quantifies and evaluates climate change mitigation commitments and assess[es] whether a government is doing its ‘fair share’ compared with others towards the global effort to limit warming consistent with the Paris Agreement,” according to the report. The CAT assessment asserts that India is the only G20 nation doing its “fair share” toward fulfilling the accord’s stated effort to limit global warming to 2...
    “We’ll always have Paris,” runs the classic line from “Casablanca,” and it might as well serve as one of the Biden-Harris administration’s central mantras. Joe Biden promises to aggressively combat climate change, starting by rejoining the Paris Agreement, which Team Trump ditched to the horror of the global cognoscenti. That’s not a good thing. In 2015, the Obama administration entered the Paris Agreement. Unlike treaties, which must be ratified by the US Senate, the Paris Agreement is “voluntary”: Each signatory nation vows to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions sometime in the future. China, for example, whose emissions have been increasing rapidly and which in 2019 accounted for 30 percent of global carbon emissions, has “promised” to start reducing its emissions by 2030. In that respect, the Paris Agreement is no different than those of us who each year, after our excesses during the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas season, promise to lose 10 pounds in...
    London Stock Exchange Chief Executive David Schwimmer said on Monday that Joe Biden’s election win in the United States would have a major impact on global climate politics. Asked if a new president would change the United States’ contribution to the climate debate, Schwimmer said: “Short answer is ‘yes’ – big change.” Biden has put climate change at the center of his election campaign and, as well as rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate, has promised sweeping measures to make the country carbon neutral by 2050. The US formally withdrew from the Paris agreement on November 4. “Huge impact in terms of having the US joining the effort to deal with climate change as opposed to being out there on its own,” Schwimmer told the Green Horizon Summit. “The timing is actually pretty remarkable in terms of the US leaving the Paris Agreement a couple of days ago and then...
     PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden will reportedly undo various portions of President Donald Trump’s agenda immediately after he is sworn in on inauguration day by signing executive orders. The former vice president plans to rollback Trump policies including the “Muslim ban,” as well as rejoin the Paris climate accords and World Health Organization, people close to the Biden campaign told The Washington Post on Saturday.  ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6President-elect Joe Biden reportedly plans to sign various executive orders quickly after his inaugurationCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Joe Biden plans to repeal the Trump administration's 'Muslim ban'Credit: AFP or licensors Those moves, and a handful of other directives, would signal one of the most radical shifts in a presidential transition that the US has seen. “The policy team, the transition policy teams, are focusing now very much on executive power,” an anonymous Biden...
    Joe Biden plans to immediately sign a series of sweeping executive orders once taking office in January, reversing several of Donald Trump's key policies and reinstating programs the president has ended. Near the top of Biden's list is rejecting Trump's policies regarding immigration, those close to his campaign told The Washington Post in a report published Sunday morning. These day one priorities include repealing a travel ban from a handful of Muslim-majority countries and restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. During Trump's four years, he ended DACA, which was an Obama-era program that allowed 'dreamers', or those brought to the U.S. illegally as children, to stay in the country. People familiar with Biden's plans also say he plans to rejoin the U.S. in the Paris Climate Accords, which focuses on reducing the world's gas emissions, and reenter the World Health Organization, which Trump withdrew from in the midst...
    The United States has officially left the Paris climate agreement as a yearlong waiting period came to an end on Nov. 4, NPR reported. President Donald Trump originally announced his intention to pull out of the landmark agreement in 2017, and formally notified the United Nations that the U.S. would be leaving last year. Under the agreement, the U.S. had promised to reduce its emissions by about 25% by 2025 compared with 2005 levels in an effort to curb climate change.
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is pledging to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord on his first day in office. In a tweet posted Wednesday night, the former vice president vowed that a Biden administration would undo the Trump administration’s action to withdraw from the agreement. “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it,” Biden wrote on the social media platform. Biden’s comments come before he has won the US presidential election. The 2020 election was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in more ballots than ever being cast by mail. Each of the 50 states has their own set of complex election laws — many of which have been taken up in courts across the country as states grapple with a surge of mail-in-voting for the first time. While in-person voting started on Tuesday, final calls have...
    Democratic nominee for president Joe BidenJoe BidenAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report New Trump campaign lawsuit targets late-arriving Georgia mail ballots Rihanna calls on officials to 'count every vote' following Election Day: 'We'll wait' MORE vowed to lead the United States back into the Paris Climate Accord on the first day of his presidency should he win the election.  "Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement," Biden said this week. "And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it." Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it. https://t.co/L8UJimS6v2— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020 On Wednesday, the U.S. officially became the only nation in the world to leave the international climate agreement, a target of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAides tried to get Trump to...
    By Frank Jordans and Seth Borenstein | Associated Press BERLIN — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact it helped forge five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates Washington in the world but has no immediate impact on international efforts to curb global warming. Still, the U.N. agency that oversees the treaty, France as the host of the 2015 Paris talks and three countries currently chairing the body that organizes them — Chile, Britain and Italy — issued a joint statement expressing regret at the U.S. withdrawal. “There is no greater responsibility than protecting our planet and people from the threat of climate change,” the statement said. “The science is clear that we must urgently scale up action and work together...
    It took an entire year for the US to formally withdraw from the Paris climate accord — but rejoining could be as quick as a month. The US could easily sign back onto the international pact to reduce global warming with a letter of intent and a 30-day waiting period, according to Axios. That means the country could be back in as soon as Feb. 21, 2021 — if Joe Biden gets elected. The Democratic presidential candidate has vowed to recommit the country to the Paris agreement as soon as he’s sworn into office. The day after Election Day marked America’s official withdrawal from the deal adopted by 189 countries and aimed at keeping the increase in average temperatures worldwide well below 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement allows countries to set their own voluntary goals for reducing greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide. The only binding agreement is that...
    Berlin —  The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact forged five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by President Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates the United States in the world but has no immediate impact on international efforts to curb global warming. Some 189 countries remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5C (2.7 F), compared to pre-industrial levels. Another six countries have signed, but haven't ratified it. Scientists say any rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius could have a devastating impact on large parts of the world, raising sea levels, stoking tropical storms and worsening droughts and floods. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox ...
    Loading the player... BERLIN (AP) — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact forged five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates Washington in the world but has no immediate impact on international efforts to curb global warming. Read More: Democrats losing paths to Senate control as GOP hangs on There are 189 countries that remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5C (2.7 F), compared to pre-industrial levels. A further six countries have signed, but not ratified the pact. Scientists say that any rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius could have a devastating impact on large parts of the world, raising sea...
    BERLIN — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact forged five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by US President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates Washington in the world but has no immediate impact on international efforts to curb global warming. There are 189 countries that remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5C (2.7 F), compared to pre-industrial levels. A further six countries have signed, but not ratified the pact. Scientists say that any rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius could have a devastating impact on large parts of the world, raising sea levels, stoking tropical storms and worsening droughts and floods. The Paris accord requires countries...
    The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact forged five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates the United States in the world but has no immediate impact on international efforts to curb global warming. Some 189 countries remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5C (2.7 F), compared to pre-industrial levels. A further six countries have signed, but not ratified the pact. A makeshift globe burns in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Activists of the so-called "KoalaKollektiv," an organization asking for climate justice, protested with the burning of the globe against the ECB's climate...
    By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact forged five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates the United States in the world but has no immediate impact on international efforts to curb global warming. Some 189 countries remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5C (2.7 F), compared to pre-industrial levels. A further six countries have signed, but not ratified the pact. Scientists say that any rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius could have a devastating impact on large parts of the world, raising sea levels, stoking tropical storms and worsening droughts and...
    The US will formally leave the landmark Paris climate agreement on November 4th, turning its back on the rest of the world as it comes together to stop climate change. How quickly the US takes on the planetary crisis will hinge on the results of today’s election. The Paris Agreement entered into force nearly four years ago today, on November 4th, 2016, after being adopted by every nation on Earth. (There are still a handful of countries that have yet to formally ratify the agreement). Donald Trump moved to remove the US from the accord soon after taking office, but the process took four years. That process comes to an end tomorrow, as voters wait to find out who the next US president will be. “The US will be an outlier.” If it’s Joe Biden, Americans can expect the US to rejoin the accord next year, which would likely set...
    Regardless of how Election Day turns out for President Trump and Joe Biden, the US will no longer be a part of the Paris climate deal as of midnight, according to a report. Trump withdrew the US from the global accord on July 1, 2017, but the rules of the deal stipulated that any country wanting to pull out would have to wait three years from Nov. 4, 2016 – the day it became international law, Politico reported Monday. The US officially filed its separation documents last Nov. 4, and the one-year cooling off period expires at midnight. The State Department will not take an active part in United Nations’ meetings on the climate deal, but it will remain an observer. The Paris Climate Accord, signed by 197 countries, created a goal to halt warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and try to maintain it at 1.5 degrees by cutting...
    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed China's plan to be carbon-neutral by 2060, contrasting it with the U.S. failure to abide by the goals of the Paris climate accord. In a speech Wednesday to Germany's parliament, Merkel stressed the significance of Chinese President Xi Jinping's announcement last week as the European Union debates ramping up its own medium- and long-term emissions reduction goals. “I think it's beyond debate that we need to work with China when it comes to protecting the climate,” she told lawmakers. “China is now the biggest emitter worldwide and it's very important that China contributes to efforts to protect the climate.” Without naming the United States — the world's second biggest source of man-made greenhouse gases — she added: “And unlike other large emitters, it's encouraging that China stands by the Paris climate accord.” Merkel said the target set by Beijing should be...
    BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed China's plan to be carbon-neutral by 2060, contrasting it with the U.S. failure to abide by the goals of the Paris climate accord. In a speech Wednesday to Germany's parliament, Merkel stressed the significance of Chinese President Xi Jinping's announcement last week as the European Union debates ramping up its own medium- and long-term emissions reduction goals. “I think it's beyond debate that we need to work with China when it comes to protecting the climate,” she told lawmakers. “China is now the biggest emitter worldwide and it's very important that China contributes to efforts to protect the climate.” Without naming the United States — the world's second biggest source of man-made greenhouse gases — she added: “And unlike other large emitters, it's encouraging that China stands by the Paris climate accord.” Merkel said the target set by Beijing should be seen...
    Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday that the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter will peak emissions in 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2060, in what environmentalists hailed as a major step forward. The goals were the most concrete yet announced by China, which accounts for one quarter of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions blamed for fast-rising temperatures. In an address to the UN General Assembly, Xi renewed his support for the Paris climate accord and called for a green focus as the world recovers from the Covid-19 crisis. The Paris accord “outlines the minimum steps to be taken to protect the Earth, our shared homeland, and all countries must take decisive steps to honor this agreement,” Xi said in a virtual address. “We aim to have C02 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060,” he said. “We call on all countries to pursue innovative, coordinated, green...
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Tuesday urged nations to fight global warming according to the 2015 Paris climate accord, weighing in on issue that figures in the US presidential race. Modern society had pushed the planet beyond its limits and the time to fix a climate emergency was running out, he said. “Our constant demand for growth and an endless cycle of production and consumption are exhausting the natural world,” Francis said. “Forests are leached, topsoil erodes, fields fail, deserts advance, seas acidify and storms intensify. Creation is groaning!” He made his call in a message on the day Christian Churches mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. “We need to do everything in our capacity to limit global average temperature rise under the threshold of 1.5°C enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement, for going beyond that will prove catastrophic, especially for poor communities...
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