Mayors, governors vow to uphold climate guidelines after Trump announcement

Andrew Cummings
June 9, 2017

Donald Trump "believes the climate is changing" partly because of pollution, according to the USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.

Trump said the climate agreement "disadvantages the United States", would "undermine our economy" and "impose unacceptable legal risk" on the country in announcing his decision Thursday. When pressed about Trump's beliefs, advisors Gary Cohn and Kellyanne Conway told journalists to "ask him".

Governor John Carney announced that the First State has joined the coalition to fight climate change despite the decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the Paris climate accords.

"President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation", Haley said in an interview on "State of the Union", which will be fully aired Sunday. The two wrote a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry saying that maintaining the commitment to the agreement and to us leadership on climate change will help protect future generations. "Just because we got out of a club doesn't mean we don't care about the environment".

Trump named India and China among the reasons he called the Paris climate change deal, agreed by more than 190 nations, unfair to the US. Pressed on the issue by reporters, one of them said "can we stay on topic, please".

Haley said the terms of the worldwide agreement curbing global emissions-signed by every country but Nicaragua and Syria-were "too onerous" and placed American companies at a disadvantage.

Russia, under the Paris climate deal, has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. "We disagree - so we've changed it. #MakeThePlanetGreatAgain".

It may be years, however, before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation. "American has ceded global leadership on this issue". "It's something I think we can be proud of and that was done in the absence of the Paris agreement", said Tillerson, the former chief executive of energy company ExxonMobil.

"Anyone who says we have signed Paris because of the lure of money, I reject that as baseless".

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