California governor vows to resist withdrawal from Paris agreement

Gwen Vasquez
June 2, 2017

Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should abide by the deal.

Abandoning the pact isolates the USA from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions.

We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has made a decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it.

When host Anderson Cooper asked him whether he has a message for the President, the mayor said: "What you did was not only bad for the economy of this country, but also weakened America in this world". "Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle". We will continue to honor the core commitments of the American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge, including reaching 100 percent renewable energy in all Nike-owned or -operated facilities around the world by 2025, participating in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge and advancing materials innovation globally.

Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, said the USA administration was "failing to recognise what is already an inevitable and irreversible direction of travel away from dependence on fossil fuels and towards a low carbon future - with all the jobs, growth and innovation that this entails". Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways". "It is good for jobs - the jobs of the future", Brown said.

Similarly, Trump argued that the U.S. would try to "begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or [a] really entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also expressed interest in joining the new pact.

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Mr Trump was accused of ignoring science and putting people's lives and prosperity at risk by rejecting the deal, which aims to avert unsafe climate change.

"I was elected to represent the voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris", he said.

Three Democratic governors said Thursday they won't let the United States back away from a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite President Donald Trump decision to withdraw from an global pact. Merkel has long championed the Paris Agreement.

Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat and a member of the Senate foreign relations committee, said in a statement that Trump's decision will "make it harder to deal with the realities of climate change" in places like Hampton Roads. "This one seems pretty easy from my perspective in that, at the end of the day, President Trump was consistent on pulling out of the Paris accords throughout his campaign". Any climate agreement that doesn't include the U.S.is a climate agreement more rhetorical than real.

But the president, who has previously labelled climate change a hoax by the Chinese to hurt U.S. manufacturing, also raised the possibility of negotiating to re-enter the Paris accord or an entirely new deal on terms that were "fair" to the US.

Climate change is as much an economic issue as an environmental one. "This is an issue that most Americans are concerned about and they're going to be expecting thoughtful solutions".

I am proud to have joined 20 other university chancellors and presidents from across the country on the Climate Leadership Steering Committee, part of the Climate Leadership Network organized by the nonprofit Second Nature. Sichuan and Jiangsu became the first Chinese provinces to join the coalition in 2015, and 23 more provinces and cities have since become signatories. "However, once again, we're seeing President Trump cede USA global leadership to suit his personal political agenda".

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