In the past few days during G-20 Summit, media have highlighted superficial details of the meeting like President Trump’s decision to leave his daughter Ivanka representing the U.S in one of the sessions. However, Trump´s determination of not to sign a Group of 20 declaration on climate change this weekend has not appeared on news.
Trump’s action — making the U.S. the only G-20 country not to support the Paris climate agreement or its underlying goals — has nothing to do with the country´s isolation or with president Trump´s whim, it is the proof of what the White House and its commanders can do with the world.
Even though the climate change bill wasn´t presented by the majority of countries suffering global warming, droughts or water pollution, the head of U.S (Trump) decided not to carry about others concerns, despite the request was coming from developed nations.
Although some G-20 representatives reacted to Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement, the reality is that United States is not only the world police state, but almost the first with the right to do anything, as Trump´s campaign slogan claims: “America First”.
So, which country or UN members could control that behavior?
After the Summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “everyone was against the United States” on climate change.
But the White House has defended the decision to pull back from Paris and its position within the G-20.
Instead, Trump and his allies have touted his agenda as one meant to help U.S. energy firms and consumers that might otherwise face the prospect of a 26 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions envisioned by Obama.
“Already, wealthy countries were delivering far less than what was needed for poorer countries to deal with climate change. With Trump, the sum total will be even less,” said Karen Orenstein, the deputy director of the Economic Policy program at Friends of the Earth, who attended a GCF board meeting last week.
“Though little discussed, the reneging of the U.S. on $2 billion of a $3 billion pledge was definitely the elephant in the boardroom.”