On Saturday, at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, the United States, along with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, acted to block the endorsement of the IPCC’s recently released landmark climate change report.
The report notes the urgency of Earth’s climate crisis, laying out the imminent impact of rising temperatures as well as guiding policymakers on how to offset the impact.
By this point, the scientific community is virtually unanimous on the need to address climate change and Americans agree that policy changes to slow the impacts are not only sensible, but vital.
For this reason, Americans found it maddening that the United States joined the small chorus of voices refusing to edorse the report, with the State Department saying
“The United States was willing to note the report and express appreciation to the scientists who developed it, but not to welcome it, as that would denote endorsement of the report. As we have made clear in the IPCC and other bodies, the United States has not endorsed the findings of the report.”
Many had a problem with the U.S. taking the side of Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
— William M. Andrews (@wilburinla) December 10, 2018
What is going on…..this is mind boggling.
— RoGerious (@thegreatrog) December 10, 2018
I mean wtf is going on here man. This is insanity aligning with these guys.
— Steel Glory (@RickDuBois12) December 10, 2018
Gee, when these are team members, what does it say about your team? I hope mar-a-Lago gets flooded/ "the United States teamed with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to challenge language that would have welcomed the landmark climate change report” https://t.co/xG1rD6vaPw
— Kendall Thiessen (@ideasurge) December 10, 2018
Under Trump, instead of leading the world to act on climate change, the United States joined with Russia and Saudi Arabia to stop the recognition of a scientific report about the increasingly urgent need for climate action.#TrumpRussia #TrumpSaudi https://t.co/aV7WDZ4GDv
— Rob Hogg (@SenatorRobHogg) December 9, 2018
Many saw the action as just another facet of an administration that’s long combated sensible climate policy in exchange for oil and coal.