61 mayors adopt Paris climate accord after U.S. pulls out

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2017

Hillary Clinton called President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a landmark climate accord "a historic mistake". And the framing of that publicity is not that climate change is not real. Pulling out of Paris would make it harder for the world, to reach a safer and more prosperous future.

Trump's announcement that the USA would leave the Paris accord immediately sparked worldwide criticism, deepening perceptions of an America in retreat after recent reversals on free trade and foreign aid.

"The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States", he said at the White House Rose Garden.

It's a bitter blow to stalwart European partners who launched an aggressive campaign to convince Trump that American leadership is central to combating climate change.

"The United States is harming itself, us Europeans and all other people in the world", the politicians seethed in a joint statement. "Canada is unwavering in our commitment to fight climate change and support clean economic growth". At present, United States is the second-largest carbon polluter of the world.

Developed nations, such as the United States, would donate funds which under the climate pact was created to reach $100 billion a year by 2020.

"This transition will continue with or without U.S., which now has Syria and Nicaragua for company as the only three countries, who are currently not part of the Paris Agreement", said Chellam. In a statement, Gore said, "It undermines America's standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity's ability to solve the climate crisis in time".

"She said that the Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses", a spokesperson for Downing Street told the BBC late last night.

"If we don't do anything, we might shoot over 5 degrees or more and that would be catastrophic", said John Reilly, the co-director of the program, adding that MIT's scientists had had no contact with the White House and were not offered a chance to explain their work. "But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair".

He also notes that he spoke with President Trump two days prior to the announcement and "tried to persuade him" not to withdraw, but "it wasn't enough". As a reference point, the report is to be based on a greenhouse gas emissions goal established by the Paris agreement.

Under the Paris deal, the country committed to halting growth in its greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030, and Premier Li Keqiang publicly reaffirmed China's commitment to the Paris deal just ahead of the U.S. decision during his visit to Germany.

With France's Emmanuel Macron taking the lead, they lashed Trump's decision as misguided and vowed to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet's future. "The rest of the world can not let the United States drag it down".

Under former President Barack Obama, the USA had agreed to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 - about 1.6 billion tons. And we will keep challenging ourselves to do even more.

"The countries of the world care about climate change".

Among the scientific community, Britain's prestigious Royal Society said Trump's decision would hamper United States innovation in cleaner technology.

"The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris Agreement".

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