The Paris climate agreement’s momentum has taken another big hit with a new challenge. Brazil’s presidential forerunner has indicated that the country will quit the Paris agreement if he gets elected, Breitbart reported.
“BRIC is an acronym that refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China—countries that are at a similar stage of economic development and considered to be the big developing countries.
“All four of these countries signed the Paris climate agreement (2015), which required the 195 Signatory countries to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to limit the increase of global average temperature to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.”
The Philippines was the first country to refuse ratification of the agreement. In 2017, the U.S. government announced that it would pull out of the Paris agreement.
Despite the approval of such funding, both India and China continued to expand their coal consumption. They continue to import, export, and use coal extensively. At their current pace, neither country will ever achieve their emission targets.
Russia, meanwhile, is quietly developing its coal infrastructure despite its claims of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In 2015, Russia’s coal production stood at 186.37 million TOE (Tons of Oil Equivalent). It jumped to 206.33 million in 2017.
And the Paris climate express has now hit the last of the BRIC wall–Brazil.
“So, all in all, President Trump has every right to feel vindicated at his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement.
“And that is left for his critics to do is wail and gnash their teeth, making impotent demands like this one from a bunch of 200 arthouse luvvies – led by Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche.
“They have written to France’s Le Monde newspaper, claiming that climate change is the ‘greatest challenge in the history of mankind’ and demanding that all necessary measures be taken by governments – no matter how unpopular their decisions may be.”