Pittsburgh Mayor Issues Executive Order In Response To Trump's Paris Climate Decision

Moreover, Russia's economy remains heavily reliant on sales of oil and gas, which along with coal are the biggest source of the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide emissions. It's hard to say how long carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere, but a United Nations report explained about 50 percent of a carbon dioxide increase will be removed from the atmosphere through natural processes within 30 years, and a further 30 percent will be removed within a few centuries.

However, the Paris agreement was welcomed by numerous evangelical Christian groups, including the World Evangelical Alliance and the Lausanne Movement.

After Trump declared he would pull the USA out of the global accord, California Gov. I saw it as an environmental justice issue as well in the evangelical community.

The point is that while tackling climate change in the way envisaged by the Paris accord used to look like a hard engineering and economic problem, these days it looks fairly easy. Major Democratic donors, such as financier and environmentalist Tom Steyer, who co-founded NextGen Climate, insist that Trump's move is yet another provocation that will push younger people to become more engaged in politics. As of May, the USA has kicked in a third of its $3 billion pledge to the fund, according to the Washington Post.

"We can not protect America's interest without a seat at the table, so San Diego will continue to lead on environmental protection", Faulconer tweeted.

This decision could also undermine other worldwide goals for the Trump administration. We want to be there, we want to be providing solutions for the world.

The money, offered by Bloomberg's philanthropic foundation, would ensure there was no disruption to the UN's work on climate change in the wake of Trump's decision, he said.

That regional initiative, called RGGI, is considering a range of steps to beef up its role, including expanding to more than its current nine states, requiring members to make greater cuts to their emissions, and extending the program to regulate other sectors of the economy. He said remaining a party to the agreement would have given Trump and his administration the opportunity to modify it to his advantage.

Trump mentioned Pittsburgh multiple times during his speech on Thursday saying, "I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris".

Reed expressed his disappointment with the withdrawal a day before the president's announcement.

Several major US companies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and IBM Corp, on Friday said their CEOs will remain in an influential presidential advisory group despite objecting to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Massive investments will be made in these areas, and the European Central Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and many other institutions are devising mechanisms to finance them. Peduto has criticized Trump for that statement, as he and dozens of mayors have recommitted their local pledges to the global climate pact.

It is a shame that Trump has chose to shirk America's global responsibility and turn his back on these developments.

  • Larry Hoffman