Fossil-fuel apologists are blinding President Trump to the obvious: The Paris Agreement is a good deal for America. The climate pact delivers the global cooperation that’s key to avoiding climate catastrophe. The deal grows the global market for U.S. clean energy innovations and creates clean energy jobs at home. And it helps protect vulnerable communities from the droughts, floods, wildfires, sea level rise and deadly heat waves associated with climate change.
The White House has postponed a decision on Paris until after the Group of Seven summit at the end of May.
When the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, gaveled the Paris Agreement into existence on December 12, he said the day would go down in history. His words rang true. President François Hollande proclaimed it a “revolutionary” moment.
The Paris Agreement delivers a powerful signal to business, investors and communities that the nations of the world are committed to curbing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon, clean energy economy.
12:01 a.m., Paris: The clock has struck midnight. The question of the hour is whether the draft Paris Agreement, debuted this afternoon at the climate negotiations, can deliver the ambitious agreement that all nations—and all our children—deserve.
This is a guest blog from President Tommy Remengesau of Palau. President Remengesau delivered Palau’s opening statement at COP21, which can be viewed here. During the COP21 talks, Earthjustice attorney Erika Rosenthal served as Palau’s legal advisor.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) often asserts that he’s not a scientist, and hence can’t opine on climate change. Yet opine he does, and often. Perhaps it’s the millions of dollars he’s received in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry?
This is a guest blog by Megan McCrea, Assistant Travel Editor for Sunset magazine. She grew up in Colorado, graduated from Duke University and spent two years living and working on Kosrae and Palau as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her writing has appeared in print in Sunset, VIA and Diablo magazines and online on Healthline.com, Poetry Flash, VIA's Road Journalsand Sunset's Westphoria.
Three weeks before the Paris climate conference, almost all nations have put forward plans to do more than ever before to slow climate change. But will it be enough to signal a sea change for the future of the planet?
When the United States assumes the chair of the Arctic Council this Friday, April 24th, it will have an extraordinary opportunity to lead on an issue that is high on President Obama’s climate agenda—reducing emissions of the climate pollutants black carbon and methane to slow the rapid warming and ice melt in the Arctic. When foreign ministers of the council gather in Iqaluit this week, they will for the first time collectively tackle climate change in the region by adopting the landmark Framework for Action on Enhanced Black Carbon and Methane Emissions Reductions.
After a long slog in overtime, the gavel came down at the UN climate talks in Lima in the wee hours last Sunday. Reviews are wildly mixed, with some heralding a major step toward a new global regime and others despairing that governments, beholden to fossil fuel interests, are committing us to a calamitous future.