Most of US economic might keeps faith with Paris

That is somewhat rich coming from the president of a nation whose annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are second only to that of far more populous China.

During Trump's speech Thursday, he claimed that US contributions to the Green Climate Fund - a pool of money the United Nations uses to help countries implement clean energy tech - and other environmental initiatives have placed a "draconian" burden on the United States.

While UN officials stress that it could take several years before there is a proper understanding of the implications of a United States withdrawal, they also say the deal was structured to require action at multiple levels of government, not just federal.

In a letter signed by 83 mayors who collectively represent 40 million Americans, cities pledged to "adopt, honor and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement".

Henrik Selin, a professor of worldwide relations at Boston University, agreed that in the wake of Trump's announcement, states and cities will probably be spurred to do even more. He criticized the pact as a job-killer that put the United States as an unfair advantage.

The alderman said he's likely to vote against any policy Jordan brings before the city council in order to align Fayetteville with the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

In keeping with the educational values and mission of the University, Northwestern's commitment to the agreement underscores efforts at the state and local levels to pursue a national commitment to remain "actively engaged with the worldwide community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2°C".

Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry cheered Trump's action.

Before Trump's announcement, liberal mayors from New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles all said they would continue with the Paris agreement.

The deal would have required the reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025, potentially limiting the growth of high-emissions industries like oil and gas production.

Potential Democratic candidates for governor in 2018 were quick to denounce Trump and endorse the new alliance.

"The decision is galvanizing commitment and determination by cities and states and businesses to step up and move forward - and even to a greater degree than was the case before", said David Waskow, director of the World Resources Institute's International Climate Initiative. Jerry Brown (D) said on a press call following Trump's announcement. Here are some of Trump's main arguments for exiting the pact - and what the numbers say about them. The Obama administration had delivered only Dollars 1 billion by the time it left office in January, and Trump has signaled that he would zero out any future payments. At home, Brown is battling to reauthorize a cap-and-trade program that expires in 2020, a key piece of his political legacy. "Recognizing that climate change is a significant threat to human health, Virginia Mason will continue to pursue a path of providing quality healthcare in such a way that it protects individual, community and global health". Rather, it's more likely that they seek to impose carbon-related tariffs on U.S. goods if these are deemed to be enjoying an unfair advantage because they are produced in an economy free of carbon restraints. 7 out of 10 Americans think the United States should stick with the Paris Agreement.

  • Carolyn Briggs