One of the lead authors of the Paris climate summit agreement told an audience in London Monday that the election of Donald Trump would likely lead to doom and gloom for the deal forged in December.
The U.S. presidential election has weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of the architects of the climate summit, and many fear a Trump presidency would spell the end for the measure aiming to regulate global carbon emissions.
“Think about the impact of the coming U.S. presidential elections,” French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, said at the meeting. “If a climate change denier was to be elected, it would threaten dramatically global action against climate disruption.”
“We must not think that everything is settled,” he added.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has on several occasions mocked and criticized both President Barack Obama’s approval of the initiative, as well as those who have pointed to the agreement as a solution to global warming.
Obama promised to sign the agreement in April without the approval of the Congress.
U.S. officials, for their part, pledged at the summit to cut carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.
That lofty goal, however, became hampered in February when the U.S. Supreme Court’s decided to issue a stay against Obama’s the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), which would slice power plant carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent by 2030.
The U.N. deal could fall apart if courts strike down or a Republican president repeals the CPP.
“I think one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard in politics, in the history of politics as I know it, which is pretty good, was Obama’s statement that our No 1 problem is global warming,” Trump told CNN in December shortly after the climate summit.
Members from 175 countries convened in New York in April to sign and ratify the deal.
The UN needs a formal agreement of countries with 55 percent of global emissions, which will require developed countries such as the U.S. to contribute financially to and aid undeveloped countries in ratcheting down their carbon emissions.
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