Bloomberg and United States mayors form climate coalition

Danny Woods
June 5, 2017

US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord on Friday.

Mr. Trump complained the deal would "hamstring" US energy business, particularly the embattled coal industry, and that it favours competitors such as China and India over the interests of the United States. Despite the fact that Trump is flexing some of his go-it-alone muscle on the Paris deal, he's still holding to the withdrawal procedure that's laid out in the plan, as The New York Times notes.

"It's up to the President of the United States to decide what position the United States is going to take on this matter", she told reporters on the campaign trail. But, with our presence in this magnificent natural world that was gifted to us and our fellow living things comes the paramount responsibility to keep our planet healthy and thriving.

Jason Grumet is the president of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Last December, Trump formed a business council packed with big-name CEOs to advise him on job creation.

In explaining his decision to exit the Paris Agreement, Trump argued the climate pact would harm American workers and the economy, leading to the loss of manufacturing and energy jobs, particularly in the coal industry.

"Trump has no clue re Pittsburgh", former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, tweeted.

"Peabody believes that this path can not be followed without substantially impacting the USA economy, increasing electricity costs on families and businesses, and requiring the power sector to rely on less diverse and more intermittent energy sources". And particularly when you're trying to forecast events many years out into the future, it's very, very hard to be accurate.

California, New York and Washington, which have formed their own alliance, represent more than one-fifth of U.S. gross domestic product and account for at least 10 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, their governors said.

In his announcement yesterday, President Trump gave several reasons why he thought the Paris accord was a bad idea.

"We just shot ourselves in the foot on this", deMenocal said. But the reverse may also be true, he said.

The business mogul met with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo in Paris on Friday, where he announced his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, would help coordinate a U.S. effort called America's Pledge.

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Brown has said that it is imperative to act now and together with his Chinese counterparts against climate change.

Brown said: "We need to collaborate".

New drilling methods have made gas cheaper, allowing it to replace coal in many USA power plants.

"The federal government is really important - there's no doubt about it - but a lot of aspects of climate policy involve local and state and regional decisions, and that's happening", said Jessica Green, assistant professor of environmental studies at NYU.

German industry associations also criticized Trump's decision, warning that it would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions.

"The President made clear that the door remains open to future USA involvement in the Agreement".

Trump administration officials pushed back against company criticisms in television interviews on Friday.

"Canada and Japan have not signed that letter".

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: But leaders from numerous other 195 nations in the deal said there was no appetite for renegotiation.

"And Russia, when they set their targets, they set 1990 as their baseline, which allowed them to continue emitting more CO2". "You won't hear that from the environmental left".

The EPA chief said his conversations with the president focused on whether the Paris Climate Agreement was good or not for the country, and not his views on climate change.

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