Leaders pledge to boost climate efforts
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 20:34
"Nothing would be able to make us step backwards", said Merkel Friday morning to the German press. The European Union wanted countries' emissions targets to be legally binding, a no-go for Obama's negotiators who wanted to avoid having to bring the agreement to the Republican-controlled Senate for approval.
The steel mills and other factories that once made Pittsburgh look like "hell with the lid taken off" all but disappeared over the past generation, and the city has become known as a hub for technology, higher education, energy and health care. The leaders of Italy, Germany and France said in the statement the agreement was a "vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies". India's environment minister also confirmed its commitment to the deal. He said his own foundation will help coordinate the USA effort, which will be called America's Pledge, and it will help submit "nationally determined contributions" like other nations.
He said Trump's decision to pull out of the accord has worked as a mobilizing force in some American cities and states, such as California, Washington and NY states.
Britain also distanced itself from the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris agreement. Tech giants were joined by a vocal supporter of the cause for climate change - Elon Musk - who tweeted to inform that he would be leaving Trump's business advisory council to help U.S. businesses protest against the withdrawl.
But now it seems that Trump's decisions have gone too far against the Disney CEO's principles.
General Electric's Jeff Immelt tweeted: "Disappointed with today's decision on the Paris Agreement". "Industry must now lead and not depend on government".
"This historic partnership to push forward with the Paris Agreement is a significant advance in the fight against climate change". The New York Times reported on the cities, states, and companies that remain committed.
The 61 mayors who previously pledged to ignore President Donald Trump's climate change policies have upped their commitment after he announced his intent to withdraw the us from the Paris climate accord: At least 61 cities are adopting the historic agreement themselves.
On the other side of the aisle, a letter addressed to "The Honorable Donald J. Trump" signed by 22 senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urged Trump to pull out of the agreement.