On this day, 1 June in 2017, President Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord and would immediately stop implementing it in the US.
President Trump also announced that the US was ending payments to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, calling it a scheme to redistribute wealth from rich to poor countries. The fund aimed to raise $100 billion per year by 2020.
That October the US Environment Protection Authority (EPA) declared it would repeal the Obama administration's curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
In April 2018, the EPA further announced it would ease emission standards on cars and trucks, saying the Obama administration set the standards 'too high'. Conversely, and sadly, in May 2018 it looks likely Australia is going the opposite way, copying EU-style stifling emissions standards on cars, utes and other work vehicles.
1 June marks the US' common sense approach to the Paris Climate Accord, asserting national sovereignty and unshackling the US economy and their taxpayers from climate chains of its own making.
The US withdrawal means that all four of the world’s largest emitters (accounting for 55.5% of man’s total emissions) are now essentially unconstrained by the Paris Climate Accord - certainly to 2030.
When announcing the withdrawal, President Trump refreshingly said,
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris … our withdrawal from the agreement represents a reassertion of America’s sovereignty.”
Celebrate this anniversary of President Trump unshackling the US economy from the chains of the Paris Climate Accord by:
- contacting Coalition government politicians to get Australia out of the Paris Accord also which - due to our unique geography, industry and energy mix - hurts us more than any other signatory country
- visiting and/or supporting your local fossil fuel-based electricity generator or coal mine
- looking at the Conservative party's policies on energy, including withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord
- sharing this Conservatives party post on Facebook contrasting the Liberal, Labor and Conservative policy positions on the Paris Climate Accord
- researching the alarmist science behind why we are cutting off our own economy at the knees
- acknowledging that trimming, even halving, our 1.3% of global emissions will not make a measurable difference to the world’s temperature, even by 2100
- reflecting on the benefits of greater CO2 in our atmosphere, including the enhanced fertilisation and drought-resistance effects on all plant life, forests, crops - and humanity and animals that feed off them, and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, those against lop-sided climate pacts and those increasingly sceptical of the collapsing, alarmist climate science.
Australia is contributing $200 million over four years to the global 'Green Climate' (slush) Fund. This is part of a grander total of at least $1 billion of Australian taxpayers' money proudly pledged in late 2015 at the Paris conference by new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. This comes on top of the other contributions by Australian taxpayers to “Big Climate”, including $600 million over three years by the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government to support an array of climate change activities, again in developing countries.
According to 2015 figures, China emits 29.5% of global emissions and is only committed to peaking its emissions by 2030 under the Paris Accord (hence it could even double its emissions by then and still be “within target”).
The US emits 14.3%, India emits 6.8% (and is only committed to lowering its emissions intensity per GDP) and Russia emits 4.9% (whose still yet-to-be ratified targets are based on the former Soviet Union’s relatively enormous 1990 emissions). That means at least 55.5% of man’s emissions are currently unconstrained by the Paris Accord, certainly to 2030.