You promised to put America at the forefront of everything you do, and you did it in different ways, from trade to national security, to protecting our borders, to the rights of Washington, D.C. And today, you put America first in terms of international agreements and the environment. Yes, yes. The agreement is considered a „treaty” in international law, but only certain provisions are legally binding. The question of what provisions should be made mandatory was a central concern of many countries, particularly the United States, which wanted an agreement that the President could accept without the approval of Congress. The completion of this test excluded binding emissions targets and new binding financial commitments. However, the agreement contains binding procedural obligations, such as the requirements for the maintenance of successive NPNSPs and consideration of progress in their implementation. Thus, the United States will cease today all implementation of the non-binding Paris Agreement and the draconian financial and economic burdens that the agreement imposes on our country. It also means ending the implementation of the national contribution and, most importantly, the Green Climate Fund, which is costing the United States a huge fortune. In addition, the agreement establishes a new mechanism to „facilitate the implementation and promotion of respect.” This „non-contradictory” expert panel will try to help countries that are lagging behind their commitments get back on track. There is no penalty for non-compliance. The government could send a strong signal at the start of the new year by declaring its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050 and promising to formally submit a new NDC as soon as it is able to do so.
(In the meantime, to meet the technical requirements of the NDC agreement, it could provide a substitute or provisional NDC, such as reintroducing the Obama administration`s 2025 target. Ideally, it would then be able to provide an ambitious and credible NDC in time for COP 26 late for December 2021 in Glasgow. The Paris Agreement is the first truly comprehensive commitment to the fight against the climate crisis. In 2015, 195 countries and the European Union signed a single comprehensive agreement to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius – and to do everything in its power to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. The pioneering agreement was successful where previous attempts failed because each country set its own emission reduction targets and adopted its own strategies to achieve them.