Environmentalists are furious that the Obama administration is negotiating a deal that doesn’t require them to accept the agreement’s climate-change-mitigation promises.
The U.N. climate chief, Miguel Arias Cañete, said Tuesday that the U,S.
must withdraw from the deal.
President Barack Obama said he’s not committed to ending the Paris agreement, which requires all countries to meet their obligations under the agreement.
But in a press conference in Paris, Cañetes office said the U.,S.
is still committed to a legally binding deal to combat climate change.
He said the deal would require all nations to put in place a legally enforceable climate plan, which would be binding on other countries.
Cañete said the agreement is a threat to the economy, job creation and the environment.
“It is not just that the Paris deal is not legally binding, it’s a threat for our economy, our job creation, our environment,” he said.
Cáceres said that the country needs to make sure it has the means to adapt to the coming climate change, which could mean more vulnerable countries in the world.
There are two ways the world can respond, he said, and that’s to move to a renewable energy economy that is economically feasible, or to continue to pollute with fossil fuels and pollute our water.
This is a very complex issue, he added.