Billionaire Bloomberg pledges $15 million to United Nations for climate change
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 15:02
The Paris Agreement commits governments to hold the increase in average global temperature to 2 C above pre-industrial levels. "This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States". The US leader continued by stressing that Washington would pursue the renegotiation of the accord in order to make it more beneficial to the United States. Nike has also weighed in on the issue following the announcement. "As such, I have joined a bi-partisan group of mayors from across the country and the U. S. Conference of Mayors in denouncing President Trump's unilateral decision to exit our country from the Paris accord".
"It is just an economic decision that is handled differently in different countries".
The executive director of Montreal-based Equiterre said that was not surprising.
By withdrawing from the agreement, Trump is making good on a promise he made on the campaign trail. It doesn't mean that we're not going to continue the discussion.
"If the U.S. drops out of the climate agreement. for European trade policy, this means that American production sites don't need to abide by the climate goals", Germany's center-left chancellor candidate said on Thursday, speaking at the WDR Europa Forum in Berlin. It is negotiating with the UN to form its own National Determined Contribution - a set of emissions standards for each participating nation under the Paris Agreement - that is accepted alongside the other countries in the accord.
He said MA will continue its commitment to exceed the emission reduction targets of the Paris compact.
"I think it's very hard to fill the American shoes here", says David Victor, a climate-policy expert at the University of California, San Diego. I do not think that administration can prescribe which framework the state of California for example sets for its vehicle producers, how it sees its future business model... But despite its bad record in the past, China's investments in recent years in solar and wind energy have been much larger than those of any other country.
The same can't be said for Trump. But the USA decision does not yet spell doom for the climate itself.
"We in Germany, in Europe and the world will band together to take more decisive action than ever to confront and successfully surmount major challenges to humanity such as climate change", she told reporters.