Protests, new climate pledges after Trump's Paris pullout

Pablo Tucker
June 2, 2017

"In addition to being disappointed, I'm also angry", Yamamoto said.

Dismay over the Trump's move united both close allies and traditional rivals of the United States, as well as a slew of top business executives and dozens of USA mayors and governors. Through the Under2 MOU coalition, states, provinces, regions, and cities have pledged the common goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050.

In 2009, Beijing faced heavy worldwide criticism for blocking more ambitious commitments at climate change talks in Copenhagen, and for refusing global verification measures.

"Trump's decision today will undermine global cooperation and have a harmful impact on U.S. relations with our most trusted world allies".

Two prominent California based business leaders, Tesla and Space X head Elon Musk and Disney's Robert Iger announced they were resigning from the president's business advisory council because of Trump's decision on the Paris accord.

Brazil expressed "profound concern and disappointment" with Trump's decision to exit the climate agreement.

The League of Women Voters president Chris Carson said withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement is a "giant step in the wrong direction" for the health of the planet and all living beings.

Tapping into his campaign message "America First", Trump said the Paris accord would undermine the USA economy, cost United States jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.

Dozens of huge Chinese cities, including the capital, Beijing, are frequently blanketed by clouds of smog, and air pollution has become a public health crisis. The accord stipulated a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to curb global warming.

European Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete told reporters in Brussels he deeply regretted the USA pullout from the pact to fight the dangers of global warming, which was signed by more than 190 countries, and said it could not be renegotiated as Trump has suggested [B5N1G8011].

"(Climate change) is undeniable.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state of NY was committed to complying with the Paris standards - which call for USA reduction of its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels - "regardless of [the capital city] Washington's irresponsible actions".

"The Monday following the election, China had a ministerial meeting and the room was standing room only", she said.

China aims by 2030 to cut its carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65 percent from 2005 levels.

The Paris accord aims to prevent average temperature around the world from heating up by more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) before the end of the century, compared to before the start of the industrial age.

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. We need to keep engaging", a senior Indian official involved in the visit told TOI, confirming the visit was still on and pointing out how China's leader Xi Jinping came to USA despite Trump unloading on Beijing for more than a year.

"Our commitment to the Paris Agreement is unshakeable". It's unclear whether China would be willing to take on that kind of responsibility, he said, and there would likely need to be a new agreement to iron out any specifics. In an MSNBC interview on Thursday, Brown said he is open to convening an worldwide meeting to forge a climate agreement between California, Mexico and Canada. "I call on them, come and work here with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate".

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