Biden’s plan to rejoin Paris climate deal will benefit PH, says solon

Published November 10, 2020, 8:58 PM

by Ben Rosario

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan for the US to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement will benefit the Philippines in the long run, Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon has disclosed.

Muntinlupa lone District Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Biazon, senior member of the House Committees on Ecology and on Sustainable Development Goals, said US return to the PCA is a welcome development for the Philippines that has been absorbing the impact of typhoons and weather disasters triggered by climate change.

“The Philippines, which now bears the brunt of stronger typhoons and unusual weather patterns brought about by climate change, will be impacted by the Agreement’s failure to achieve its goals,” the veteran administration solon said.

He explained that the US, through its aid to the Green Climate Fund, is a major factor in achieving the global objectives of the Agreement, and the termination of the $3 billion US funding will have a severe impact, particularly in the area of climate change research.

“Therefore, President-elect Biden’s intention to take the United States back into the Paris Climate Agreement gives me a sigh of relief in the wake of President Trump’s withdrawal taking effect just after the elections,” Biazon said.

The Paris Agreement is a deal within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with signatories agreeing to voluntarily cut down on greenhouse gas emissions causing the climate crisis.

The agreement’s official goal is to keep the world from becoming 2°C hotter than before industrialization.

When the US formally left the Paris Agreement on November 4, Biden tweeted that “in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.”

Incumbent President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris pact, insisting that its huge contribution has imposed an unfair economic burden imon American workers, businesses, and taxpayers.

Following the American’s decision to withdraw from the agreement, Iran and Turkey made the same decision.

The Philippines ratified the Paris Agreement in 2019, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of French-Philippine diplomatic relations.