Trump only president not invited to Paris Climate Summit

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Europe1 is reporting that French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that “for the moment” US head of state Donald J. Trump is not invited to the international conference on the climate to be held in Paris in the wake of COP23 in Berlin on 17 November.

The summit in Paris to be held on December 12 is being organized by France for the two years of the Paris Accord on the Climate. It will bring together 2,000 participants, with 100 countries being invited and 800 organizations. It will be held on the isle of Seguin in the outskirts of Paris, as Macron had announced during the G20 this summer, in order to redouble efforts on this commitment after the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Accord. In the wake of that decision, Trump was not invited. A low-level US delegation, however, will represent the US, just not the president.

Macron’s office said on Tuesday, “For the moment, president Donald Trump is not invited,” since the invited heads of state are those engaged in implementing the accord. Questioned on the practical use of such a supplementary climate summit, given the unlikelihood that anything will be accomplished in a single day, Macron’s office said that holding it “is necessary and important” in order to shore up international mobilization. The statement said, “This will not, however, be a ‘pledging conference’ (a conference where official goals would be committed to, with numbers).

The aim is to put together coalitions at the summit that will yield concrete results, notably creating dynamics among cities, investment funds and development banks. “The idea is to demonstrate that there is action, that it is necessary to accelerate it and to find new sources for financing very concrete projects. Paris sees it as complementary to last years’ summit and an opportunity to take stock of the trajectory so far.

Macron underlined that “if we do not speed up our efforts, we will not be able to attain the objective of limiting the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees centigrade (2 degrees F.)

Trump had announced on June 1 that the US will exit the climate agreement, signed in Paris in 2015. Since the terms of the original agreement state that a country must wait three years after signing to withdraw, the US can’t actually get out of it until 2020.

After Syria signed on Monday, the 197th country to join the treaty, the US was left the sole country in the world outside the accord. The other holdout, Nicaragua, had kept aloof because it said that the accord isn’t actually aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. That is, Nicaragua wasn’t signing because the treaty did not go far enough. In October, however, Nicaragua ceased its object and signed.

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  1. Trump’s position is totally irresponsible. Not simply for what may be agreed among leaders but for the rejection of global solidarity his attitude demonstrates. No that long ago the US would have been leading and facilitating climate efforts. As it is there is also the potential to impede a more important element which is grassroots efforts. Guidance or insistence from above is one thing but a broad change of attitude is necessary. The West particularly needs to reintroduce erstwhile automatic, almost instinctive, notions of economy across the board. Dealing with fossil fuel is only one aspect which, dealt with in isolation, may encourage people who have, say, solar panels and and EV vehicles to think that’s enough. It won’t be. The destruction we are wrecking on the planet and its ecosystem is infinitely more extensive. For the US, with its vast authority and technical resources to stand aside is, well. irresponsible is too kind a word.

    • Here, here, on making some noise on the ecosystem.

      Also, since back in the seventies with America finally accepting Mao’s China with the introduction of Ping Pong Diplomacy, I scoff at nothing too trite when it comes to improving international dialog. The Paris Climate Accord has more meaning than President Orange understands, as his main goal is to accept nothing of Obama’s doing, and his second goal is to go the way of John Bolton where America does whatever it is America wants to do, and down with any outside interference to America’s hegemony. Hoorah!

  2. I would have thought it would be a no brainer that Trump is left out of the climate summit in Paris. He’s no more entitlement to attend the Paris summit than the UK prime minister has to attend and European summit. They have both resigned from the club. More importantly, is what the rest of the world attending the summit comes up with. Will there be wrangling, back room deals and a lot of procrastination leading to the postponement of any real change until the next summit is convened? The only way America’s absence can be countered is for the rest of the world to do even more to slow or halt climate change and perhaps shame the US to get on board. We can only hope.

    • His election was meant to insult the whole world continually for as long as his followers can hold onto power.

  3. No amount of invitations will change the stance taken by this nincompoop. He has displayed his ignorance about global warming, and obviously going to (stupidly) stick to his guns, making the US look backward and uncooperative. Perhaps the elections yesterday was an indication of the nation rejecting him, and his outdated thinking.

  4. Funny, but in many ways I think that future historians will peg this U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, as the beginning of the end of the U.S. Global Empire. The only other question is, will the U.S. step down from its reign as the world’s sole superpower gracefully, and without incident?

  5. I have long thought the key to this whole state of affairs lies in the simple fact that Trump ran for president as an end in itself. That is he didn’t expect to win and didn’t even want to. He would have gained a helluva lot by just having been a candidate, and all his existing and future business interests would have benefited. It would explain his cosying up to Putin since he wasn’t going to win anyway. He has just announced in China that he didn’t know there were.that many countries until he got so many calls congratulating him. To him the whole thing was a great big reality show until all the ballyhoo was over and it was suddenly real. If some way could be found to get off the rollercoaster he might take it.

    • I am very afraid that if Trump is not replaced by Bernie Sanders or someone of his intelligence and wisdom, Trump will continue to cripple America and the world.

      Talking, complaining and do nothing can only result in more destruction of America and the world.

      The Electoral Congress that supposedly consisted of politically intelligent and experienced politicians, utterly failed in electing Trump, a dangerous incompetent ego maniac. What did they expect from Trump as President? Or did they just avoid Hilary Clinton, who represented more of the existing politics? The Electoral Congress gave less thought to their voting than the average American brain washed with the corrupted news entertainment gave to their voting.

      Can’t Congress see the past, present and future damage in allowing Trump to continue? Can’t there be a majority of Congress to replace Trump with Bernie Sanders and not follow the Constitution? Congress must Occupy the Whitehouse with an individual that will heal America and the world. Forget the Democratic and Republican agendas. Stop the increasing damage now or the dam will fail.

      After reading a little of the above commentt, I cannot recommend Informed Comment to anyone unless this site starts thinking and commenting intelligently, instead of complaining and crying in a verbose manner.

      Please wake up before it’s too late.

  6. Has anyone done an environmental impact study of 99 international delegations traveling to and from France by plane?

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