Don’t let the door hit you on the way out is the message to the Trump administration from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as the US became the first country to exit the Paris Agreement.
The UN in a joint statement with the UK, Italy, France and Chile noted with regret that the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement formally went into effect on Nov 4.
America’s exit from the Paris Agreement, which will mark its fifth anniversary on Dec. 12, comes as: “The science is clear that we must urgently scale up action and work together to reduce the impacts of global warming and to ensure a greener, more resilient future for us all,” said the UNFCCC.
While the Paris Agreement bids adieu to the head-in-the-sand climate deniers in the White House, it remains committed to working with US stakeholders and partners around the world who recognize the threat posed by global warming and are committed to accelerating climate action.
Those US stakeholders include states like New York, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Colorado, Washington and Maine, which have passed aggressive clean energy policies.
The Empire State has the most ambitious climate targets of that group. It is shooting for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s team will certainly participate in the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties (COP26) global warming meeting set for Glasgow.
Originally slated for Nov 9 through Nov. 19, COP26 has been rescheduled for November 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s good news for the US because Joe Biden has vowed to return America to the Paris Agreement soon after he becomes president, which would enable this country to be a player, rather than a bystander, in COP26.
The climate conference will be a great PR platform for former Massachusetts Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry, who is expected to be Biden’s chief global warming officer, to announce to the rest of the world that America's government is once again committed to the science of global climate change.
He will spread the environmental gospel that global warming is no longer the "fake news" and "Chinese hoax" that was so shamefully peddled by Donald Trump and his enablers.