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Reasons why Nicaragua didn't sign Paris Agreement

NSC News | Friday, 2 June 2017 |

In extensive coverage of the decision of President Trump to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, there are a plethora of misleading references to the US joining Syria and Nicaragua in rejecting the Agreement. Presented out of context, this condescending comparison is fundamentally flawed.

Syria didn’t sign because of the catastrophic civil war. Nicaragua refused to sign up because they believe the Paris Agreement is too weak to address the enormity of the consequences of climate change particularly in vulnerable, developing countries.

Paul Oquist, Nicaraguan representative to the Paris talks, pointed out that the Paris carbon reduction targets are non-binding and even if fully met would lead to a ‘catastrophic three degree temperature rise’.

Oquist also highlighted the lack of political will and ambition on the part of the largest polluters, their failure to accept historical responsibility for global warming, and the lack of financial resources for technological transfer, adaptation, and compensation for losses and damages. He went on to state: ‘The Paris Agreement will not solve global warming problems but merely postpone them.’

Meanwhile Nicaragua, a country only responsible for 0.3% of global emissions, has a renewable energy target of 90% target by 2020. This programme has been praised by the Inter- America Development Bank ‘as a model for the world on the shift to green energy’.

It is very misleading to report that the US joins Syria and Nicaragua on climate change: on this and an ever lengthening long list of other issues the US stands alone.

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