DC Pledges To Stand By Climate Agreement, Even If Trump Won't

Faith Castro
June 5, 2017

President Donald Trump's announcement Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord-a landmark 2015 agreement by 195 countries to lower global greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to minimize the effects of climate change-has been met with near universal condemnation from both the scientific and foreign policy communities.

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.

He said he would notify the UN Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that U.S. cities, states, businesses and others would aim to meet the US's commitment to reducing emissions 26 per cent below the 2005 levels by 2025. When pressed about Trump's beliefs, advisors Gary Cohn and Kellyanne Conway told journalists to "ask him".

"President Trump is providing more motivation and inspiration for additional innovation and technology than any president I've seen in my adult life", Keane said.

In announcing the nation's withdrawal from the accord Thursday, Trump argued that the climate agreement negotiated under President Barack Obama was unfair to USA workers.

"We are grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for this generous contribution", UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said in a news release about the funding pledge.

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According to the EPA Administrator, if nations around the globe want to learn from the United States on what it is doing to reduce its Carbon dioxide footprint, it is going to share that with them. As the New York Times reported Thursday, the US has promised to supply up to $3 billion in aid for developing nations by 2020 to help them meet their emissions-cutting goals.

His comments come after Trump last week rejected the Paris accord, calling it "unfair at the highest level to the United States".

"When Donald Trump says to the world, "We're going to negotiate a better deal, ' he's gonna go out and find a better deal, that's like O.J. Simpson going out and saying he's going to find the real killer", Kerry said Sunday on NBC News" Meet the Press.

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India, for its part, signed the deal in 2016 under the implicit understanding that developed nations such as the USA would provide it with $2.5 trillion over 15 years to help reduce greenhouse gasses. "France believes in you (the US), the world believes in you, but don't be mistaken on climate; there is no plan B because there is no planet B", Macron further said.

The text echoed remarks Trump delivered from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, in which he doubled down on the America-first ideology that helped to get him elected in an effort to justify his decision to exit the agreement forged among almost 200 nations.

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