On Jan. 17, President Barack Obama donated a second installment of $500 million to the Green Climate Fund, a critical support system for the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
The Green Climate Fund serves to redistribute disposable funds from wealthy countries to help relatively poor countries mitigate their collective impact on global warming.
The U.S. has agreed to contribute $3 billion to the Fund, and the second $500 million installment by the Obama administration leaves the U.S.’ balance at $2 billion.
President-elect Donald Trump is not expected to make any further payments to the Fund, according to The Guardian.
The second payment to the Green Climate Fund was met with both anger from Republicans and celebration from Democrats.
”I commend the administration for making this contribution, which has bipartisan support in the Senate,” Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont told Politico.
”It will help give us a ‘seat at the table’ in the future climate change negotiations, which even President-elect Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of State endorsed as part of our global leadership.”
Money from both American payments to the fund so far have been withdrawn from the State Department, a source of money that the president may use without congressional approval.
On Dec. 20 of last year, 117 organizations and 70,000 supporters collectively submitted a petition to the Obama administration pleading with the President to deliver the full $2.5 billion remainder of the Green Climate Fund balance before Trump takes office.
”The world cannot afford Donald Trump’s steps backward on climate,” read a letter submitted to the Obama administration by Corporate Accountability International.
“Right now, people around the world are mobilizing to counter Trump’s anticipated actions. You can help us protect your climate legacy by fulfilling your pledge to contribute $3 billion to fund climate change justice measures in the Global South.”
Sources: Politico, The Guardian (2), Corporate Accountability International / Photo Credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr