US and Climate Change: A Nation Divided

US President Donald J. Trump's decision to yank off the United States from Paris climate agreement has resulted in a vacuum. Like all vacuums, it will not be empty for long. A number of countries, business leaders and even cities are clambering to fill the space. Many American states are trying to convince delegates at this global forum that the present administration is out of sync with the American people.

Alternative US delegation

Jerry Brown, the California governor, seems to be leading the counter-Trump movement in Bonn. The other strong leader is Michael Bloomberg, a notable millionaire and New York's former mayor. Brown was the more visible ruler, scheduling a large number of events to argue for emission cuts and renewable energy to combat what he terms an “existential crisis”. These delegates have set up the US Climate Action Center. The latter is said to represent climate change priorities of a number of American cities and businesses. This center is a substitute for the official American presence. Guests at the stall were given coffee and jelly donuts free of cost- an apology for the US exit.

The United States is now alone after both Syria and Nicaragua signed the Paris pact. It is now the only nation in the world to oppose this deal. Jonathan Pershing, the former special envoy for the United States Government on climate change issues until 2016 said that America is now divided and the world opinion is going with the local and state players. They have now abandoned the federal player.

Downcast US delegation

A delegation has been dispatched by the Trump administration to Bonn, with the United States continuing to implement its Paris deal before exiting the agreement in 2020. This effort is being led by Thomas Shannon, a seasoned state department diplomat who has previously made known his concerns regarding climate change. Second in command is Trigg Talley, previously a deputy of Pershing.

There is more than an even chance that differences may aggravate during the third week of November when participating countries will begin to discuss the financing plans. Observers say that business is as usual until now. David Waskow of World Resources Institute said that 196 parties are striving to go forward and implement the Paris accord. These countries do not want to permit the United States to impede such progress. Participants from a number of countries have reported that the US negotiators are going through the motions as not to upset the White House.

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