WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that former President Donald Trump devastated the US’ reputation on addressing climate change.
- President Joe Biden is rallying to prevent the global average temperatures from going over the 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold.
- During his administration, Trump dismissed the climate change crisis.
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and former secretary of state John Kerry said that former President Donald Trump had destroyed the country’s credibility on the issue of climate change.
During an exclusive interview with the New Yorker magazine, Kerry was asked about the impact of Trump’s administration on addressing greenhouse gas emissions on the global stage.
“The damage that President Trump wreaked worldwide is not limited to climate. But on climate he did a whopper of a job of putting America’s credibility in a terrible place, destroying it fundamentally,” Kerry replied.
“I hear from country after country: How do we know we can count on America? How do we know that another president is not going to come along, someone like Trump, who does the same thing again?”
President Joe Biden is pushing other global leaders to keep the global average temperatures from reaching over 1.5 degrees Celsius, as climate experts warned that disastrous events would come if the temperatures soar beyond that threshold.
Government representatives across the globe are set to join the United Nations Climate Change Conference known as COP26 which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in November. Kerry said that the conference would be the “last, best hope” to maintain the temperatures below the 1.5°C threshold.
“Well, they are apocalyptic. It’s more serious than it’s ever been, at a time that it seems as if some key nations are just unwilling to do their part, to bite the bullet and step up,” Kerry told the New Yorker as he talked about the extreme weather incidents that already happened this summer.
“I view this [the conference] as the last, best hope for the world to get serious and make the decisions necessary to be able to try to reduce and hold the 1.5 [increase], and even 1.5, imagine what happens at 1.5 if you already see what happens at 1.2.”
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to issue its report that would lay down “the latest assessment of scientific knowledge about the warming of the planet and projections for future warming, and assess its impacts on the climate system.”
A specific draft from the report that was leaked in June noted that humans could have already missed out on preventing the global temperatures to soar beyond the 1.5°C threshold, suggesting that the world will live with the consequences.
During his tenure, Trump declined to tackle the climate change crisis. He repeatedly attributed the issue as Chinese propaganda aimed at hurting America’s economy. He also withdrew from the Paris climate accord and revoked several regulations on greenhouse gas.