World Climate: the United States back in the Paris agreement

04:20  20 february  2021
04:20  20 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L es United States officially returned on Friday February 19 in the Paris , at a time when the administration of President Joe Biden is committed to making the fight against climate change a high priority. Almost four years after the announcement by Donald Trump of the withdrawal of the United States, this return of the world's largest economy, the second largest emitter of C02, means that almost all the nations of the planet are today stakeholders of the agreement signed in 2015.

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Joe Biden immediately decided on this return. "We can no longer push back or do the bare minimum to respond to climate change," Joe Biden insisted at the White House on Friday, during his first major foreign policy speech at the Munich Security Conference. “This is a global existential crisis. And we will all suffer the consequences, ”he added.

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The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken also assured in a statement that "climate change and diplomacy through science Could no longer "ever be optional additions" to foreign policy discussions.

“Responding to the real threats of climate change and listening to our scientists is at the heart of our domestic and foreign priorities. It is (an aspect) vital in our discussions on national security, migration, international health measures, and in our economic diplomacy and trade negotiations ”, also indicated the Secretary of State.

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Praising the Paris agreement, negotiated by former president

Barack Obama , he also assured that the climate diplomacy that was announced would be crucial. Former Secretary of State and former White House candidate John Kerry, now the United States' emissary for the climate, for his part called on the states of the planet to revise their ambitions upwards. climate at the UN summit in Glasgow (Scotland), which will take place in November.

"I think we have to stop using the words 'climate change', and

admit that it is now a climate crisis ," said John Kerry, speaking at a virtual event of the UN to mark the return of the United States to the agreement. "We join international climate efforts with humility, knowing that we have wasted four years in which America was no longer at the negotiating table", he added.

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“But also with ambition, knowing that (the Paris agreement) alone will not do what science tells us to do. Before Glasgow, Joe Biden is scheduled to hold another climate summit on April 22 to coincide with Earth Day. The US president has pledged to bring pollution levels in the US energy sector to zero by 2035, and that the US economy will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

His predecessor, Donald Trump, ally of the fossil fuel industry, was of the opinion that the Paris agreement was unfair to the United States. But the ambitions of the agreement are mostly non-binding, with each country developing its own measures. A point on which Barack Obama and John Kerry insisted when signing in 2015, concerned about the political opposition in the United States.

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