Eyes on Washington week ending 05.05.17

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Questions loom over U.S. exiting The Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement seeks to limit planetary warming by cutting emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases from burning fossil fuels. The Agreement was negotiated and agreed to by approximately 200 counties in 2015.

The United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025—a level that the Trump Administration is unlikely to support.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is advising Trump to remain in the Agreement, however to do so would require a renegotiation of the U.S. commitment.

At odds are whether there are any legal ramifications if the U.S. were to lower the percentage of emission reductions previously agreed to by the Obama Administration.

An overwhelming majority of scientists say the burning of fossil fuels like petroleum and coal is a main driver of global climate change, triggering sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.

Trump plans to make a decision on whether to withdraw from the Agreement over the next couple of weeks.

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On May 1, 2017 the March for Science issued the following statement on the FY17 Omnibus Bill:

“In the face of anti-science proposals and policies coming from Washington, on April 22, people of all backgrounds, in more than 600 events around the world, came together to rally in support of scientific research, discovery, and innovation. Last week, the momentum continued as individuals from across the country participated in a week of action where they asked their elected officials to act in support of science and discovery.

Today, with the release of the FY17 Omnibus Bill, we were heartened to see that the Congress has listened to advocates for science – like those who participated in the March – and protected many of the important programs that have recently come under fire.

When it comes to the impact of scientists’ speaking out, one thing is clear: scientists and their allies are making their voices heard at all levels of policy making. In the months ahead, we will continue to build this movement and hold policymakers accountable by encouraging them to support scientific integrity within the Federal government and fully fund Federal science efforts in the upcoming 2018 budget.”

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