Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the climate change deal recently signed in Paris is so far the most important accomplishments of Obama administration in 2015.
John Kerry gives away all the credits to Obama administration for reaching out to China, which is the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gas, as keystone of the success of the United Nation’s climate change agreement.
Kerry wrote, “We have a shared responsibility now to sustain the momentum generated in Paris, so that the targets established there are considered not a ceiling on what we can accomplish, but rather the platform upon which we can make further gains”.
US president Barack Obama and several other federal officials pledged to provide $3 billion as a fund to the UN’s green Climate Fund. The fund will be used to help developing nations like China and India, which emit more amounts of greenhouse gases than industrialized nations.
Earlier, Kerry defended the climate change agreement against criticism from former NASA scientist James Hansen, who called it a fraud.
But Kerry in his reply said that he completely understands the criticisms of the agreement because it doesn’t have a mandatory scheme and it doesn’t have a compliance enforcement mechanism.
But he said it is for the first time that 186 countries have come together and have submitted independent plans aiming to reduce emissions. The agreement in his opinion is more important than anything else, and has a uniform standard of transparency, said Kerry.