Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said that his country is preparing to join the Paris climate agreement, therefore making Syria the only country not to be a party to the deal and the United States the only nation determined to pull out of it, according to local media.
“We will soon adhere, we will sign the Paris Agreement,” he said, according to Nicaraguan newspaper El Nuevo Diaro.
Ortega said Nicaragua will sign the Paris climate accord in solidarity with countries most vulnerable to the impact of natural disasters and climate change.
“We have to be in solidarity with this large number of countries that are the first victims, who are already the victims and are the ones who will continue to suffer the impact of these disasters and which are countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, of the Caribbean, which are in highly vulnerable areas,” he concluded.
The Hill added:
President Trump has said the accord is a “bad deal” for the U.S. and has filed paperwork with the United Nations to pull out of it within four years.
Trump is also the only world leader not to acknowledge the scientific consensus of climate change, according to a Sierra Club survey last year.
Nicaragua initially resisted the Paris deal because its negotiators said the accord’s goals were too weak.
“Scientists have told the political leaders, the rulers that this (the Accord) does not give, and have said that it is not true that you will be able to reduce the warming with these actions that are being committed in word, because there is no obligation to do what is being said there. That is, it is a declaration, a proclamation,” Ortega had argued.
According to the World Bank, Nicaragua gets more than half its energy from renewable sources, and it’s aiming to produce up to 90 percent renewable power by 2020.