US 'Spits in the Face' of World by Promoting Fossil Fuels at UN Climate Summit
"The Trump Administration should be held criminally accountable for what they are doing in the U.S. and around the world on climate change."
from Common Dreams by Jon Queally
Climate campaigners on Monday said that for the U.S. delegation to promote fossil fuel expansion and nuclear energy at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany is to "spit in the face of victims of climate change."
"Trump's actions demonstrate callous disregard—and possibly even genuine malevolence—toward people in poor countries whose lives and livelihoods have been threatened, diminished, and in some cases destroyed by the devastating effects of climate change."
—Karen Orenstein, Friends of the Earth US
While President Donald Trump—currently on a 10-day trip through Asia—has drawn global scorn for his decision earlier this year to end the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate agreement designed to lower emissions to address the threat of global warming, the skeleton crew sent to represent the country in Bonn was lampooned after changing the name of a sponsored event from one focused on "innovation" and "advanced technologies" to simply, "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation."
According to Reuters, the members of the delegation behind pro-fossil fuel event include: "George David Banks, a special assistant to Trump on energy and environment; Francis Brooke, a policy adviser to Vice President Mike Pence; and representatives of coal producer Peabody Energy Corp, nuclear engineering company NuScale Power and liquefied natural gas company Tellurian Inc."
Extolling "the virtues of fossil fuels at the year's most important international climate talks," said Karen Orenstein, deputy director of economic policy at Friends of the Earth U.S., should be considered a "slap in the face to countries that are party to the Paris Agreement—literally every nation on Earth except the United States."
U.S. Delegation Promotes Fossil Fuels At COP23, Spits In The Face Of Victims Of Climate Change
from Common Dreams by Friends of the Earth
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government delegation at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany will hold an official event promoting fossil fuels on Monday, November 13. The presentation comes as Donald Trump wraps up his five-nation tour of Asia, where he has pushed a wide array of fossil fuel deals.
Karen Orenstein, Deputy Director of Economic Policy at Friends of the Earth U.S., issued the following statement in response:
Donald Trump has spent the past week and a half traipsing around Asia peddling climate pollution. At the same time, U.S. government representatives are extolling the virtues of fossil fuels at the year’s most important international climate talks.
This is a slap in the face to countries that are party to the Paris Agreement -- literally every nation on Earth except the United States. Worse still, Trump’s actions demonstrate callous disregard – and possibly even genuine malevolence - toward people in poor countries whose lives and livelihoods have been threatened, diminished, and in some cases destroyed by the devastating effects of climate change. The Trump Administration should be held criminally accountable for what they are doing in the U.S. and around the world on climate change.
Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.
At the conference, NGOs, Indigenous rights groups, and advocates for climate action staged a protest outside the event:
Meanwhile, Andrew Light of the World Resources Institute told the Guardian, "Whoever the Trump administration is trying to target with this event, it isn't people in the negotiating hall – they're clearly focused on the booming global markets in renewable energy. At best, this event will be a curiosity, given the isolation of the U.S. now in the international process."