U.S. committed to curbing climate change: Nikki Haley

Cheryl Sanders
June 6, 2017

He said American withdrawal "represents a reassertion of American sovereignty". The former Oklahoma attorney general, who regularly sued the EPA in that role, has said carbon dioxide emissions are not a primary cause of global warming, a position rejected by the vast majority of climate scientists.

Peduto held court with dozens of press outlets Thursday after Trump used the Steel City as an example for why the US would withdraw, saying "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

With the United States virtually isolated on the world stage, a string of administration officials went on the offensive Friday to justify the Republican president's decision to abandon the 195-nation Paris deal curbing global emissions.

Part of the accord includes provisions that give underdeveloped countries money from developed countries, like the USA, provided they are making an effort to switch to green energy. And California continues its global work on climate change as part of the Under2Coalition, a group of 170 national and subnational governments from 33 countries and 6 continents committed to fighting climate change.

"We believe that there have been changes in the worldwide situation, and there will be rising uncertainty and destabilizing factors", he said.

Bloomberg's donation will make up for the U.S.'s contribution to the U.N.'s Climate Secretariat, which aids countries in implementing the agreement.

Numerous companies, cities, and even states have vowed to uphold the commitment to the Paris Accord despite the President's decision.

A study mentioned by Trump estimated that if the US meets its Paris goal for reducing carbon emissions it will cost 2.7 million U.S.jobs by 2025.

Forging alliances with an unpopular United States administration may not be easy.

Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have previously shown support for the U.S.to remain in the agreement. In other words, there is little evidence of such a hedging strategy, and so the USA could be left with a large and uncovered exposure to risk. In recent years, in fact, it has worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Trillions of dollars will be invested in new energy systems in the coming years.

In issuing his executive order, Peduto said Pittsburgh will work with other cities on the National Climate Action Agenda, move toward 100 percent renewable energy for municipal operations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, among other initiatives.

The American Coal Council said more than 90 per cent of US coal plants are equipped with advanced emissions controls, and that advances in technology will lead to further improvement. But there are major differences.

After the USA withdrawal from the Paris deal sparked pledges of money and solidarity, Figueres said via Twitter on Friday, "Thank you Trump".

"The world will now be looking at California, China, the European Union and others who are willing to take up the mantle of leadership", Horowitz noted.

"We're going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement." and "we're going to save the coal industry", Trump promised during the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. Between now and 2020, we will have the chance to observe the behavior of states, cities, and businesses in the USA with respect to their greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Those are probably the kindest words said by pundits across the world after Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change on Thursday. The challenge for all parties is to find a way to minimize the downside risks that the president has thus far chosen not to hedge against.

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