The United States will be skeptical about global warming, including its exit from the Paris Agreement "as soon as possible," to the Climate Summit (COP24) that will begin next December 3 in Katowice (Poland).
Since his arrival at the White House at the beginning of 2017, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has taken a complete turn to the position of his predecessor, Barack Obama, one of the great promoters of the global pact to reduce CO2 emissions , and has insisted on its skepticism about global warming and its adverse effects.
At the end of last month, the president questioned whether there was "global warming" when he recalled that a wave of "brutal and prolonged cold" was approaching in the United States.
This week Trump had no problem in objecting to a recent report from his own government, which estimates that, if no action is taken to change current climate trends, the consequences could cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars.
"I do not think so," Trump said when asked about the report's conclusion that climate change will have a devastating effect on the US economy.
The president said that the US it is "the cleanest" it can be and blamed it on other countries, among which he cited "China or Japan".
The US delegation at COP24 will be headed by Judith Garber, assistant assistant secretary in the Office of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs of the State Department.
"The Government's position on the Paris Agreement remains unchanged, and the US intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as possible," the State Department said in a statement.
He adds that "the US participation in the ongoing talks, including those related to the Agreement, seeks to ensure a balanced playing field that benefits and protects the interests of the United States."
The US delegation will show in Poland its "successful strategies to grow the economy while offering affordable, abundant and safe energy to Americans."
Trump announced in June last year its intention to exit the Paris Agreement (2015), which includes commitments such as the reduction by 2025 of greenhouse gas emissions between 26 and 28% compared to 2005 levels.
However, point 28 of the pact indicates that any country that has ratified the agreement, as is the case of the US, can only request its departure three years after its entry into force, that is, on November 4, 2019
Once that request is formally made, another year has to pass before the agreement can be effective, so if the process continues, it will have to wait until November 4, 2020, the day after the next US presidential election. .
The COP24 will have more than 30,000 attendees from the 197 countries that are part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Katowice is the most important climatic event since the French capital of 2015 and is expected to serve for the international community to agree a regulation detailing how nations should implement the Paris Agreement, which requires a drastic reduction of emissions pollutant.
The pact is committed to reducing global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century over pre-industrial levels.
The organization hoped to have the presence of the leaders of the main countries, but the Polish host authorities have already confirmed that neither the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, nor the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, will attend the meeting; two of the global leaders that have most driven the fight against global warming.