Trump announcement on Paris Climate Agreement deeply disappointing - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Fein Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has said the announcement by US President Donald Trump today that he is to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement is deeply disappointing.
Teachta Stanley said;
“The Paris Agreement has committed us to an 80 per cent cut in emissions by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. It sets out a long-term emissions reduction goal of keeping the global temperature increase well below 2°C while pursuing efforts to limit the rise to 1.5°C. This agreement demonstrates recognition of the changes we are experiencing in our climate and a commitment to lower our carbon emissions.
“The American decision to pull out of this agreement is deeply disappointing. The world needs to move together on the climate change issue. This is important to all of humanity and these actions are taking us back decades. The government now needs to use its influence to encourage maximum co-operation.
“We must remember also that Ireland is playing catch up in terms of our climate change obligations. The Environmental Protection Agency Report in April highlighted that we will not reach our emissions targets or our renewable energy targets for 2020. This is a damning indictment on successive government’s policies on climate change.”