US Governors warn Trump not to withdraw from Paris climate deal

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Washington: President Donald Trump signs an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.  Photo - AP/PTI

Washington: President Donald Trump signs an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
Photo – AP/PTI

As many as 11 American governors have warned President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate deal. The Governors have claimed that China and India will reap the benefits of low-carbon leadership if America does not make the transition to clean energy.

The 11 Governors include those from California, New York, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia, Connecticut, Hawaii, Delaware and Rhode Island.

The 11 Governors wrote a letter to President Trump just days after the President said that he was to take a “big decision” on Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Trump has been openly critical of the Paris agreement. He believes that the US has been unfairly treated by the international agreement and that countries like India and China have benefited from this.

“Collective action to limit emissions world-wide is critical; without collaboration, climate change will cost the world’s nations several trillion dollars in damages. Under the Paris Agreement, all the world’s major economies are taking action on climate change for the first time, including China and India, which have put forward their own commitments to cut their carbon pollution domestically,” the letter said.

“If the US does not maintain global climate leadership through national policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to clean energy, China and India will. This would be a huge lost opportunity, putting us at a competitive disadvantage and potentially locking us into technologies and economic pathways that are increasingly obsolete while China and India reap the benefits of low-carbon leadership,” the governors said.

Observing that Americans demand the low-cost, clean-air benefits that a clean energy transition can provide, the letter said the leading US companies recognise the need to address business risks and opportunities through the Paris Agreement, and are wisely investing in low-carbon fuels and technologies to stay on the cutting edge of the global economy.

The Governors called for the US to lead by example in reducing carbon pollution.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by consensus on December 12, 2015. The agreement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) deals with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, and gradually moving over to clean energy.

India, the world’s fourth-largest carbon emitter with its population of 1.3 billion people, ratified the Paris agreement on climate change to become the 62nd nation to join the deal last year.

(With inputs from PTI)