China vows to uphold Paris climate pact after USA pullout

If the United States were actually to exit the Agreement, it would not only jeopardize humanity's best chance at preventing global climate disaster, but also disadvantage the United States' status in the worldwide economic order.

He said he was shocked by Trump's announcement.

A top atmospheric scientist at the U.N.'s weather agency said Friday that the "worst-case scenario" caused by the planned USA pullout from the Paris climate deal would be a further 0.3-degree Celsius (0.5 Fahrenheit) rise in global temperatures by 2100. "In principle it's a much smaller number than the USA [in China], but I'm afraid those voices will now start to come out more because of the United States action". A pre-Paris agreement between the two nations - the world's two largest emitters - galvanized global action that culminated in the final deal endorsed by almost 200 governments.

But Merkel, whose country hosts this year's global climate summit, said it was now time to look ahead. China Daily denounced the "single action of just one man" that can change the course of the world, drawing a direct parallel with former president George W. Bush and decisions taken in the name of the war on terror.

Importantly, many large businesses support climate change mitigation. Within the United States, much of environmental policy innovation is taking place at the state and city level.

Obama, whose administration negotiated the agreement, said the countries that remain in the Paris deal will "reap the benefits in "jobs and industries created" and that the United States should be "at the front of the pack". Investigators are also reportedly looking into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and whether any campaign officials were complicit in colluding with the 2016 election meddling. Like NAFTA, Trump claims that he will "renegotiate" a better agreement, but what incentive do the other State parties have to renegotiate a weaker agreement with an American Administration that is flailing and may not be in office when the time comes to complete its withdrawal?

So while this decision is an egregious self-inflicted wound, as Yogi Berra liked to say, it ain't over till it's over.

In television interviews the morning after Trump's announcement, Vice President Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House aide, defended Trump's decision as a reassertion of America's sovereignty.

The bishop and the academies are at the forefront of promoting scientific studies on climate change and implementation of the recommendations in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' on care for the environment.

"China is now emitting 2020 greenhouse gases emission target and will submit 2030 self-determined target".

Hsu, who attended the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, which took place the same week as the U.S. election, noted that climate change negotiators had then already sensed a subtle change in global leadership.

California Manufacturers & Technology president Dorothy Rothrock said, "California has a new reason to provide meaningful leadership by adopting a market-based approach to reduce emissions that will protect manufacturing jobs and keep costs affordable for consumers". Even oil and gas companies-including Shell and Exxon Mobil-have endorsed remaining in the agreement.

"We think the Paris accord reflects the widest agreement of the worldwide community with regards to climate change, and parties should cherish this hard-won outcome", said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

"Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing onto to a statement of support that we will submit to the U.N. - and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the United States made in Paris in 2015", Bloomberg said in a statement.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on television on Friday the Paris deal "put an extraordinary burden on the American". The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States.

  • Leroy Wright