Washington- President Donald Trump has been asked by 11 American governors not to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate deal, warning that China and India will reap the benefits of low-carbon leadership if America does not make the transition to clean energy. Trump has been highly critical of the Paris Agreement, arguing that the US has been unfairly treated by the international agreement and that countries like India and China have benefited from this.
The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.The agreement was adopted by consensus on December 12, 2015.India, the worlds fourth-largest carbon emitter with its population of 1.3 billion people, ratified the Paris agreement on climate change to become the 62nd nation to join the deal last year.
The 11 governors including those from California, New York, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia, Connecticut, Hawaii, Delaware and Rhode Island Wrote a letter in this regard to Trump, days after he said that he is going to take a “big decision” on Paris Climate Change Agreement.
Observing that Americans demand the low-cost, clean-air benefits that a clean energy transition can provide, the letter said the leading US companies recognise the need to address business risks and opportunities through the Paris Agreement, and are wisely investing in low-carbon fuels and technologies to stay on the cutting edge of the global economy.