Peduto issues executive order committing Pittsburgh to climate change

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Friday that the state will join the newly formed U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition that seeks to meet the goals set forth in the Paris climate agreement.

The world forged ahead Friday with the Paris climate deal after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact, triggering bitter condemnation from all corners of the globe. By withdrawing, Trump has removed the USA from its position as a leader, creating an opportunity for other nations to fill that role.

"Being on the southeast coast of Florida, we're on the tip of the spear when it comes to climate change", Seiler said Friday.

Mr Trump said the 2015 Paris agreement would cost American jobs.

His decision, announced on Thursday, triggered widespread worldwide condemnation.

Announcing his decision to withdraw from the Paris deal, Trump had alleged that India and China have been left accountable in the agreement.

It commits the U.S. and 194 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2° above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5°.

Marie-Cecile Naves, a researcher specializing in US studies at the French Institute for global and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), said the USA president has made this decision for strategic reasons related to internal politics.

"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", the leaders of the three countries said in a rare joint statement.

We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders, investors and businesses are joining forces for the first time to declare that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.

A decision by President Trump to pull the USA out of the world's first comprehensive agreement on tackling climate change and seek renegotiated terms "fair" to America has drawn widespread worldwide condemnation. Macron's call on Thursday for the accord's remaining 194 countries to fill the void left by the USA may see the two sides push for greater cooperation.

Although not surprised by Trump's move - the then-candidate frequently promised withdrawing from the global accord while on the campaign trail previous year - Bell said it creates concerns for the future.

He said it would cost the USA $3tn in lost GDP and 6.5 million jobs - while rival economies like China and India were treated more favourably. After thanking the audience for coming to out see him and offering his condolences for the terrorist attack in Manchester in May, Sanders launched straight into an attack on President Donald Trump. It aims to accomplish this by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to levels below the ability of the natural environment, namely forests and oceans, to absorb them.

The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, said exiting the Paris Agreement did not mean disengagement.

"As of today (Friday), the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord", Trump said in an address at the White House. We should rethink this unsound decision and work to ensure that our country stays true to her word - and to our values.

Can it all be renegotiated? And of course, the partisan gap on this issue makes it clear that Democrats will tilt against his decision on substantive grounds, in addition to the underlying partisanship, which makes them more negative on nearly anything a Republican president might do.

United States payments to the UN Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries cope with the effects of climate change, will stop.

Together, we've gone far.

"While the United States is held to a higher standard than developing countries, the two he mentioned - China and India - have agreed to climate measures that would preclude a major expansion of coal".

What are they saying in America?

On Thursday, Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., said even though the Obama administration should have sought congressional support to join the Paris Agreement, the United States should have kept a seat at the table to advocate for US interests.

Disney's chief executive Robert Iger and the entrepreneur Elon Musk both resigned from White House advisory councils in opposition to the decision.

Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry have cheered Trump's action. May noted that Japan and Canada - fellow members of the G7 group of rich industrialized nations - also were not signatories, but like Britain remain committed to the Paris agreement. For poorer residents of various countries, though, weakening of the climate agreement and failure to progressively reduce carbon emissions by 2020 and beyond threaten to impose misery and deepen poverty. Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign up. "If a locality, municipality or state wants to enact a policy that their voters or their citizens believe in, then that's what they should do".

  • Larry Hoffman