Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to NY Times, the Arctic Council has been unable to agree a statement on the alleged climate threat in the Arctic because of pressure from the Trump administration.
U.S. Pressure Blocks Declaration on Climate Change at Arctic Talks
By Somini Sengupta
May 7, 2019
ROVANIEMI, Finland — Under pressure from the United States, the Arctic Council issued a short joint statement on Tuesday that excluded any mention of climate change.
It was the first time since its formation in 1996 that the council had been unable to issue a joint declaration spelling out its priorities. As an international organization made up of eight Arctic countries and representatives of indigenous groups in the region, its stated mission is cooperation on Arctic issues, particularly the protection of the region’s fragile environment.
According to diplomats involved in the negotiations, at issue was the United States’ insistence not to mention the latest science on climate change or the Paris Agreement aimed at averting its worst effects. The omission is especially notable because scientists have warned that the Arctic is heating up far faster than the world average because of rising greenhouse gas emissions.
Foreign Minister Timo Soini of Finland, the council’s outgoing chairman, made it clear, without naming names, that resistance to climate action was a minority opinion.
“A majority of us regarded climate change as a fundamental challenge facing the Arctic and acknowledged the urgent need to take mitigation and adaptation actions and to strengthen resilience,” Mr. Soini said in his 10-page statement.Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/climate/us-arctic-climate-change.html
I’m surprised at the apparent upset. Lack of US support for climate action cannot be that big a deal, I mean surely other members of the Arctic Council aren’t planning to sit on their butts doing nothing until the USA agrees to hand out lots of climate cash?