Exiting Paris Deal Would Make U.S. a Rogue State, Robinson Warns
The United States would position itself as a rogue state if it walked away from its international climate obligations, according to Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and longtime climate advocate who now serves as United Nations envoy for El Niño and La Niña.
“If the Trump administration does not live up to its Paris commitments in whatever way—by increasing emissions, looking for oil, or failing to support the Green Climate Fund—it must be called out as a rogue state,” Robinson said. Countries adopted the Paris Agreement last year, “the window to act is short, yet the opportunities there are good.”
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Trump has threatened to “cancel” the Paris deal (forgetting that he speaks for only one of the 196 countries that signed), declared climate change a Chinese-inspired hoax, nominated climate deniers to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Departments of Energy and Interior, and put forward ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his choice for U.S. Secretary of State. But Robinson “predicted a ‘balancing corrective’ among U.S. cities and states that are still committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” ClimateHome reports. California Governor Jerry Brown was of a similar mind last week, when he delivered a rousing address to the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco.
Brown declared that his state, the world’s sixth-largest economy in its own right, will “launch its own damn satellites” if the Trump administration carries through with its threat to defund NASA climate research.
“We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers, and we’re ready to fight,” Brown said. “We’re ready to defend. California is no stranger to this fight.”