Reaction to climate-accord pullout is overblown

Gwen Vasquez
June 3, 2017

"Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course", California Gov.

The leadership Pence seemed to be most impressed with, however, was Trump's.

Emmanuel Macron called on signatory countries "to stay within the framework of the Paris agreement and cede nothing".

China's government said on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, it will stick to its promises to curb carbon emissions.

In a letter to the United Nations secretary-general, Bloomberg said "non-national actors" could achieve the 2025 emissions goal without the federal government's help.

Brown also joined with Govs.

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"Donald Trump said he was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, but his misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate does not reflect the values of our city", Peduto said in a press release announcing the city's plan to go 100% renewable. He argued that walking out of the Paris climate agreement was in the best "economic interest" of the United States, it represented a "reassertion of America's sovereignty", and the only reason why "foreign lobbyists" and "economic competitors" wanted the U.S. to be part of the Paris Agreement was that it would put America to a "very, very big economic disadvantage".

So far, 147 parties representing more than 82 percent of greenhouse gas emissions have ratified the agreement.

President Donald Trump at the White House after speaking about the US role in the Paris climate change accord. "Today's announcement by the president leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout our nation. While the president's actions are a shameful rebuke to the work needed to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren, states have been and will continue to step up".

Supporters of the decision in US believe pulling out of the pact will save jobs, unburden industries, and save money. Calculations suggest withdrawal from the Paris accord could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

"Climate finance is the biggest bad (from Trump's decision)", said Clare Shakya, director of climate change at the International Institute for Environment and Development think-tank in London. "Worldwide, cities will lead in achieving climate treaty goals because so much of what's required happens at the local level". The US Sierra Club, citing Mr Trump's endorsement of what he regards as clean coal, tweeted: "Clean coal, you can find that next to the unicorns and leprechauns". The White House said the US will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway. "Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement", former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote in a social media post that made the rounds last night.

And it's not just the commitments made in Paris that cities and localities are pledging to adopt. The U.S. only sources about 13 percent of its electricity from renewables. In St Petersburg, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not directly comment on the United States decision but said India was committed to protecting the climate.

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