Evangelical Reactions to Trump Pulling Out of Paris Climate Deal
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 18:10
At City Hall and on the streets, Pittsburgh residents expressed support for efforts to combat global warming and complained that the president, in singling out this city of 300,000, seemed to be thinking of a smoke-belching, soot-choked Pittsburgh that no longer even exists.
President Donald Trump garnered headlines for his decision to have the United States pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, an global effort combating man-made climate change. The governors of up to 10 states and dozens of mayors publicly criticised the U.S. president's decision to pull out of the accord, which was signed by 197 countries in 2015 and has been ratified by 147.
The same poll found majority support for the Paris agreement in every U.S. state, amongst the general voting population. "Tiny, tiny amount." But soon it emerged that Trump had picked up selective information to justify the rationale behind his decision.
Barbara Hendricks told reporters in Berlin that other countries will fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States but none will be expected to make up the shortfall in emissions reductions caused by Washington's exit. And that they, once again, oppose President Trump's actions. He said he was leaving the pact to help the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris, despite the fact that the Steel City has successfully shifted away from heavy manufacturing to a robust economy fueled by the tech, healthcare, and higher-learning sectors.
Bloomberg's plan calls for his foundation to work with other groups, from governments to philanthropies, that want to support the U.N.'s climate change agency.
But the Paris agreement is not as polarising as other climate change issues, and a recent poll by Yale University found that nearly half of Mr Trump's supporters think the United States should take part in the agreement.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced a $1.5 billion investment in renewable energy projects on Friday in response to Trump's rejection of the climate agreement. When asked, Spicer said "I have not had an opportunity to have that discussion" with Trump.