Hansen: 'I would say there is very little progress because there is no reductions in global emissions of carbon dioxide. If you look at the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, and methane in the atmosphere, it is actually growing more rapidly than it was two years ago...I expected very little from the Paris Agreement. It is analogous to the Kyoto Protocol. There politicians agreed that climate was a problem and that nations would try to reduce their emissions; in fact the emissions accelerated. The rate of growth increased...Now we got to 2015 and we have the Paris Protocol, all the politicians clapping each other on the back as if something had been accomplished but there is not going to be a reduction in fossil fuel use as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy. And that's the situation.'
Via AP: The United States government is becoming increasingly isolated on climate change. On Tuesday, the Syrian government, mired in war and the last United Nations country not to sign the Paris accord, announced it would sign the pact. That means the United States will be alone when it pulls out. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert responded to the Syrian decision by attacking its government. "If the government of Syria cared so much about what was put in the air, then it wouldn't be gassing its own people," she said.
'A major coalition of African organizations is circulating a petition at the Bonn climate control conference, calling for the US delegation to be removed from the Paris Climate Pact talks. There is no way that this will happen but it illustrates what is being called the “Trump effect.” The US pullout is upsetting the UN process.'
The U.S. pays 22% of the UN budget and 20% of the UN climate process.
"An online news outlet that tracks UN climate conferences has a dynamite story titled “‘Don’t wake the bear’: fragile climate talks begin in Bonn.” The bear in this case is President Trump. The article is about something called the “Trump effect” which is scaring the heck out of the Bonn negotiators...The principal fear is that the Trumpers will be disruptive. This does not mean beating on the table with their shoes, although that would be great fun indeed. In diplomatic language, disruptive may simple mean disagreeing and being stubborn about it. Sounds like Trump to me."