Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The climate establishment is expressing hope that President Trump will treat the wishes of the American people, and the promises he made to the voters who supported him, with the same contempt and disregard which they themselves feel for the needs of ordinary people.
Donald Trump: Paris climate change delegates hopeful presidency will not derail agreement
Delegates at annual climate change talks in Morocco are hopeful Donald Trump’s presidency will not derail progress made on action.
Representatives from 200 countries are at the Marrakech summit finalising the details of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which commits governments to keeping a global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Tina Johnson from the US Climate Network said the movement had its work cut out for it now.
“I think if we have a scenario where the action that he takes is contrary to where we feel it needs to be going, it will impact us, of course, because it means we have to do more work to make sure that he actually is moving in the direction that we need him to move in,” she said.
“This is not going to be a walk in the park, but we’re up for the challenge and we think we have history, momentum and the world on our side, because every country is acting on it.”
The road to ratification
Mr Trump is a well-known climate change sceptic and has threatened to remove America from the treaty.
But Australia’s Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said it was going to be difficult for him to do that.
“It’s also important to note that the US climate action has come from the states,” Ms McKenzie said.
I somehow think the climate parasites may be in for some big disappointments. From the first page of President Trump’s landmark “Contract with the American Voter“;
FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
Sadly its not all good news, the climate movement still has some powerful friends. In Australia the member for Goldman Sachs, long term climate advocate Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, vowed to push forward regardless with ratifying the job destroying Paris Agreement.
Turnbull government, ignoring Trump election, proceeds with Paris climate agreement ratification
The Turnbull government has ratified the Paris climate agreement, formalising Australia’s commitment to a global effort to curb carbon emissions and reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.
The move comes less than a day after US voters elected Donald Trump, a sceptic of climate science, to become the next president. The US is the world’s second-highest carbon-dioxide emitter after China.
Australia is already experiencing an increase in extreme conditions from climate change – and it’s projected to get worse.
The ratification also comes just before Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg head to Marrakech, Morocco, where a global meeting is taking place to work on the implementation of the Paris agreement.
“Almost a year from the Paris Conference, it is clear the agreement was a watershed, a turning point,” Malcolm Turnbull told a media conference. “The adoption of a comprehensive strategy has galvanised the international community and spurred on global action.”
The government’s target of cutting 2005-level emissions 26-28 per cent by 2030 now becomes a global commitment, that “we look forward to actively and fully implementing”, he said.
Australia joins more than 100 nations to ratify the global deal agreed last December in Paris.
Australia’s ratification will bring some cheer to climate negotiators in Morocco, many of whom were stunned by the US election of a climate-denying president.
One European delegate told Fairfax Media that some had become upset as the results rolled in on Wednesday.
“Shock. Terrible. Some were in tears,” said the delegate, describing the reaction. “Many – like me – were blocking it out and seeking refuge in sarcasm.”
I suspect we’re seeing the beginning of a global attempt to pressure President Trump into watering down his electoral commitments, but I also think they have chosen the wrong President to try to bully – President Trump is not an unprincipled professional sellout like some of his predecessors.