Former Obama UN climate envoy Todd Stern: "A perception floats in public that under President Trump the US has stepped out of the Paris Agreement. But, at [the] Katowice, [Poland UN climate summit] we find that the US is as deeply engaged at the moment in several negotiations behind closed doors."
Another prominent climate activist not worried that the U.S. will actually withdraw is former Vice President Al Gore. See: Gore not worried about Trump’s UN Paris exit: No exit until after 2020 election – ‘A new president could simply give 30 days’ notice, and we’re right back in’
“Climate action offers a compelling path to transform our world for the better,” Guterres continued. “In short, we need a complete transformation of our global energy economy, as well as how we manage land and forest resources. We need to embrace low-carbon, climate-resilient sustainable development.”
The “green” economy “means embracing carbon pricing,” Guterres continued, arguing that the gas (CO2) exhaled by every human being is “pollution” that must be taxed and regulated.
The biggest change to come out of COP24 is the establishment of a “rule book” that participating nations will use to report their greenhouse gas emissions and funding efforts. Additionally, the rules will allow countries to monitor the carbon reduction efforts of other governments. The U.S. expressed some pleasure over the new agreement, believing it will force other countries to be held more accountable for their carbon emissions.
Nothing from the two week-long summit is binding. The lack of any major breakthroughs attracted criticism. “In the climate emergency we’re in, slow success is no success,” Durwood Zaelke, the president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, stated.