Under this agreement, China, for example, will be able to increase these emissions by an astonishing number of years – 13. They can do whatever they want for 13 years. We don`t. India is conditional on its participation in receiving billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from industrialized countries. There are many other examples. But at the end of the day, the Paris agreement is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States. Communities everywhere still have record climate impacts, from deadly wildfires to devastating storms. These effects will only worsen in the absence of major measures to combat climate change. Fortunately, the world has the plan to respond to science: the Paris Agreement. Nearly four years ago, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, a historic global action plan to combat climate change. The agreement provides the world with a framework for preventing the harmful effects of climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and by leading efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Not only is this agreement subject to severe economic restrictions, but it also does not meet our environmental ideals.
As someone who is very concerned about the environment, which I do, I cannot, in good conscience, support an agreement that penalizes the United States – which they do – the world leader in environmental protection, when the world`s major polluters do not have reasonable obligations. For all these reasons, we can confirm that this agreement will bring about changes and solutions to the climate crisis for several decades to go. Compliance with the Paris Agreement and ensuring that all countries meet their commitments is in the national interest of the United States. It protects us from the ravages of climate change, which can only be minimized by global action. It creates ways to ensure that other countries meet their own commitments. It is good for American workers and businesses because it creates business opportunities and reduces financial risks due to the damage caused by climate change. It helps the most vulnerable and reduces security threats due to unimpeded climate effects. That is why the Paris Agreement has the strong support of the American people and the reasons why the United States should commit to the Paris Agreement. Biden would immediately join the Paris Agreement, which would take about 30 days. The former vice president has outlined an ambitious climate plan, but most of them require a congressional amendment. His proposal will be almost impossible to implement if Democrats don`t take control of the Senate.
Important climate laws will be difficult to pass, even if Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate and Biden is in the White House. In addition to the mitigation column of the agreement, the other pillars, Adaptation and Loss – Damage, are also weaknesses, notably L-D. One of the main demands of small island and least developed countries was to recognize the need to find solutions to forced displacement, cross-border migration and relocations planned in response to climate change and sea level rise. There is no longer any reference to this in the agreement, with the exception of an indirect reference to external UN bodies dealing with specific aspects of the DA, in reference to the UN ad hoc working group on climate-related migration. The United States also succeeded in concluding the accompanying decisions of the agreement with an exclusion clause on future liability related to L-D, while the G77 and China were already moving towards a compromise by removing any mention of compensation. According to U.S. administration negotiators, one of the key conditions for the Obama administration was to ensure that the deal was not rejected by a right-wing Congress.