Bloomberg says UN climate talks: he can count on the US

MADRID (AP) - New York billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday led a high-power accusation against President Donald Trump's climate policies, assuring activists, scientists and politicians around the world that Americans are engaged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions even with a climate change denier in the White House. Bloomberg, who launched his 2020 campaign less than three weeks ago, spoke during a trip to the UN global climate conference in Madrid, even when the official US delegation. UU. In a nearby stand he kept a low profile. Together with former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Vice President Al Gore, Bloomberg was a kind of shadow delegation at a time when Trump is moving to get the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. As other Democratic candidates have done, Bloomberg promised to join the pact immediately if he is elected president. The first thing you do, first day, is to say we will return, he said. That's obvious. The former mayor of New York has helped support and finance a private effort to get US states, cities and businesses. UU. Comply with the terms of the Paris agreement. He promoted a report that said non-federal actors representing more than two thirds of the US economy. UU. They are on track to reduce the nation's emissions by 37% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. If the next administration joins, that figure could increase to 49%, which would align the United States with the treaty of Paris, according to the report. Americans are willing to continue working, even with a denier of climate change in the White House, said the 77-year-old businessman in a packed room. The United States remains part of the climate pact until November 4, 2020, the day after the United States presidential elections. Bloomberg, who has made climate change a central pillar of his nomination nomination, also called for an end to US tax subsidies and exemptions. UU. For fossil fuels, which are one of the main sources of greenhouse gases. Scientists say its use should end in the middle of the century so that the average temperatures on Earth do not increase more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, the goal set in the Paris agreement. By targeting fossil fuel subsidies, Bloomberg is challenging both a powerful American industry and Trump, who has defended the extraction of oil, gas and coal. According to a report from the International Monetary Fund, fossil fuel subsidies in the USA. UU. They amounted to $ 649 billion in 2015. Only China spent more money in taxes, $ 1.4 trillion, to keep fossil fuel prices low that year. The IMF report estimated that if fossil fuel prices reflected their real cost, including the environmental damage they cause, consumption would decrease so much that global carbon emissions would be 28% lower. Bloomberg has long defended international efforts to curb global warming and until recently was the UN envoy for climate action. After the Trump administration stopped paying US fees to the global agency's climate office, the Bloomberg philanthropic organization stepped in to pay the bill. But his attendance at this year's summit stands out for his presidential ambitions. The Trump administration sent a low-level delegation to the talks, led by a career diplomat, Marcia Bernicat, a former US ambassador to Bangladesh. Other prominent Americans who attended the 12-day conference include Gore and Kerry, who said the absence of any high-profile White House representative in the talks speaks for itself. It's an absence of leadership, Kerry said. It's a tragedy. Kerry, who as the principal US diplomat at that time was instrumental in negotiating the Paris agreement, asked citizens to hold business and political leaders accountable in the fight against climate change. Germany's Minister of Environment, Svenja Schulze, thanked the presence of rival US delegations. We should continue to show that it is not just about Trump, but that many things are happening in the United States on the issue of emission reduction and climate action, he said. However, a climate policy expert questioned the limited focus of the Bloomberg report. The Paris agreement is not just about reducing emissions, said Kevin M. Adams, a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute. It is also about managing the risks of living in a warming world, including the impacts we are already experiencing today, and providing financing to developing countries that have contributed so little to the problem but will be affected first and worse by the climate change. The talks in Madrid accelerated on Tuesday when the ministers arrived to address some of the thorny political issues that are still on the table. Despite growing awareness about climate change and scientists' warnings about the need to take drastic measures, only a few countries sent their prime ministers or presidents to negotiate, worrying some observers. It shows that the emergency situation in which we find ourselves has not yet been internalized, that so few heads of state come to Madrid and are ready to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to really respond to science. said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International. Environmental activists expect the European Union to present on Wednesday an ambitious plan to reduce emissions that will send a message of hope. Climate change has become a growing political problem in Europe, with massive protests by young people like Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who will deliver a speech at the UN meeting on Wednesday. American actor Harrison Ford said it is time to listen to those who will inherit what we have forged. His future has already been diminished by our past, he said at an event with Bloomberg. ___ AP journalist Bernat Armangue contributed to this report. ___ Follow AP's climate coverage at ___ The Associated Press Department of Health and Science receives support from the Department of Scientific Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The AP is solely responsible for all content. This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)