On the 20th of January 2017, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the as the 45th president of the United States of America. In his first day in office, climate change disappeared from White House Website. He replaced it with the energy plan. The plan says: “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.”
Reading this brought to me COP22 memories. It was a Tuesday, the second day of negotiations when Trump won the election. Four days after the Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4. At that day climate activists were shocked; some felt desperate. Others started studying the options of withdrawing from Paris agreement and the time required for the process. It will take four stable years, three years for exit and a year as a long- notice period. Since this needs between 3 to 4 years, will he go to the option of withdrawing of 1992 treaty? Till now, nobody has an answer.
Donald Trump had picked Scott Pruitt to head the United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. This would be normal if Pruitt was not a climate denier. So an anti-environment administrator is assigned to head the most important environmental agency in the United States. Moreover, Trump nominated Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon’s company, for the position of the secretariat of state. Exxon knew about climate change from the 1970 and they kept silent about it. How to give a powerful administration position to the CEO of a company that hid the truth for 40 years!!!
Trump in his first day took an action against climate change. What is next? Would the approval of Dakota access and Keystone XL be next? I don’t have hope in convincing Trump in the climate change cause; how can we convince him not to stop what was started? What will happens if he withdraws from Paris Agreement? Will this diplomatic fallout let China, India and other countries also withdraw? What if he did not withdraw but he undermined it by changing national rules? Or what if he sends his negotiators to Bonn next years as observers only? Questions that will be answered soon I guess.