States seek to fill the void after Trump dumped the climate pact

Yolanda Curtis
June 2, 2017

World leaders reacted with anger and defiance after President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the United States, the world's second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors says it strongly opposes President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and vows that the nation's mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

He said Trump's announcement is a symbol to other countries that the stepping away from global leadership on the issue of climate change.

"Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action", Gore admonished in a statement released shortly after the announcement that the US would be backing out of the climate deal.

With Trump's action, the United States will walk away from almost every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century. US participation in the deal was crucial to getting China and other nations on board.

The Paris Agreement is a milestone agreement within a cooperative system of global governance in which organizations like North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the United Nations and the European Union play key roles - a system which some of President Trump's key advisers seek to undermine.

Framing his decision as "a reassertion of America's sovereignty", Trump said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". Canadians know we need to take decisive and collective action to tackle the many harsh realities of our changing climate.

Saleforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted out a letter signed by other companies - including Facebook, Levi Strauss, Microsoft and Morgan Stanley - Wednesday, urging Trump to remain in the Paris agreement.

The joint statement, the first between the China and the European Union, commits to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries cut their emissions.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state of NY was committed to complying with the Paris standards-which call for U.S. reduction of its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent from 2005 levels-"regardless of (the capital city) Washington's irresponsible actions".

WHITE HOUSE: "According to a study by NERA Consulting, meeting the Obama administration's requirements in the Paris Accord would cost the US economy almost $3 trillion over the next several decades".

In his memo to employees, Cook said he spoke to Trump on Tuesday to try to persuade him to keep the the Paris deal. The countries have pledged to pay $10.13 billion collectively, and the US share is $3 billion.

"The climate agreement allows for voluntary, self-created benchmarks", Minett said.

The only thing President Trump will accomplish by this decision is to set the United States and the world back decades in this fight.

"I am not a climate change denier". Both get financial backing from those who profit from the continued burning of fossil fuels. "I am fighting every day for the great people of this country", Mr. Trump said in the Rose Garden.

US supporters of the pact said any pullout by Trump would show that the United States can no longer be trusted to follow through on worldwide commitments.

The Democrat also argued that it will be "one of the defining moments" of the Trump administration.

An Exxon representative said the 2015 accord was "critical" given the rising emissions from India and China. He has called climate change a hoax. It called the withdrawal "reckless" and would "waste increasingly finite US diplomatic resources".

A year ago was the warmest since records began in the 19th century, as global average temperatures continued a rise dating back decades that scientists attribute to greenhouse gases.

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