Stefanik blasts Trump for backing out of Paris climate accord
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 7:12
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mayor Bill Peduto was one of the quickest to rebuke Trump after the president said in his announcement, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to three billion additional tons of carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.
The trio said: "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies".
But Trump said the agreement disadvantaged the U.S.
She says no new jobs are likely to be created in fossil fuel industries, and the President is likely to face increasing pressure to his already tenuous grasp on the leadership of the free world.
France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement saying the Paris Accord can't and won't be renegotiated. Still, it said that "it stands ready to engage in dialog with the United States government regarding the implications of this announcement".
The Trump administration's decision Thursday to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement drew swift reaction from ME environmental leaders - who denounced the action as a risky shift toward isolationism - and members of Maine's congressional delegation, who were almost unanimous in their reaction: most think the decision is a mistake.
Tesla founder Elon Musk, who up until now served on Trump's business advisory council, said he's keeping to his promise that he'll quit the council if Trump leaves the Paris Accord. "The Accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation".
A group known as The Climate Mayors - comprising 88 USA mayors of cities including Chula Vista; Pittsburgh; Phoenix, Arizona; Dubuque, Iowa, and others - wrote a letter to the president on Thursday saying they will "adopt, honor and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement".
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt said he was disappointed, adding, "Climate change is real".
The agreement - an ambitious plan to combat, control and adapt to climate change - is largely viewed as a last-ditch effort to shield Earth from the devastating effects of global warming. He noted that private businesses in the USA have already made clear their support for the Paris agreement, which "opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale".
Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Rasmussen said it was a "sad day for the world". "He's declaring war on the planet itself", he wrote. "@realDonaldTrump, you're leaving a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness". The accord was signed during a 2015 conference in the French capital and ratified by the United States one year later. "I can get back to you".
Earlier this week, Press Secretary Sean Spicer also dodged a question on Mr. Trump's beliefs.