‘Pres­i­dent-elect look­ing at fast ways to quit cli­mate deal’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Don­ald Trump is seek­ing quick ways of with­draw­ing from a global agree­ment to limit cli­mate change, a source on his tran­si­tion team said, de­fy­ing widen­ing in­ter­na­tional back­ing for the plan to cut green­house gas emis­sions.

Since the US pres­i­dent-elect was cho­sen, gov­ern­ments rang­ing from China to small is­land states have reaf­firmed sup­port for the 2015 Paris Agree­ment at 200na­tion cli­mate talks run­ning un­til Fri­day in Morocco.

Trump, who has called global warm­ing a hoax and has promised to quit the Paris Agree­ment, was con­sid­er­ing ways to by­pass a the­o­ret­i­cal fouryear pro­ce­dure for leav­ing the ac­cord, ac­cord­ing to the source who works on Trump’s tran­si­tion team for in­ter­na­tional en­ergy and cli­mate pol­icy.

“It was reck­less for the Paris agree­ment to en­ter into force be­fore the elec­tion” last Tues­day, the source told Reuters, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The Paris Agree­ment won enough back­ing for en­try into force on Nov 4.

Al­ter­na­tives were to send a let­ter with­draw­ing from a 1992 Con­ven­tion that is the par­ent treaty of the Paris Agree­ment, void­ing US in­volve­ment in both in a year’s time, or to is­sue a pres­i­den­tial or­der sim­ply delet­ing the US sig­na­ture from the Paris ac­cord, the source said.

Many na­tions have ex­pressed hopes the US will stay. Host Morocco said the agree­ment that seeks to phase out green­house gases in the sec­ond half of the cen­tury was strong enough to sur­vive a pullout.

“If one party de­cides to with­draw, that doesn’t call the agree­ment into ques­tion,” for­eign min­is­ter Sala­hed­dine Me­zouar told a news con­fer­ence.

The deal, reached by al­most 200 na­tions in De­cem­ber, as of Satur­day, has been rat­i­fied by 109 rep­re­sent­ing 76% of green­house gas emis­sions, in­clud­ing the US with 18%. – Reuters

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