Republican governor joins coalition to uphold Paris climate agreement

Part of USA president Donald Trump's justification for pulling the country out of the global Paris climate agreement yesterdaywas that the deal wouldn't reduce temperatures enough to make an impact.

Though Trump pledged to renegotiate the deal, he also hedged that it would be "fine" if those talks failed.

"Today's reckless decision is further abdication of leadership at the federal level to protect public health".

On Thursday, he was the most vocal of European leaders in criticising Trump's decision and in vowing to defend the Paris agreement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday pledged "more decisive action than ever" to protect the climate after the U.S. pullout from the landmark Paris accord.

"All the discussions we had through the last several weeks have been focused on one singular issue: Is Paris good or not for this country?" said Pruitt.

Other universities that have joined the pact include Emory & Henry College, Wesleyan and Brandeis, according to The New York Times. California, New York and Washington together account for about 10 percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, California Gov.

The governors of four New England states - including two Republicans - are joining a bipartisan coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

"They may feel good about the statements they're making, but it has little to no impact on the worldwide stage", Pyle said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Trump's decision to exit the agreement will make the USA one of just three countries not to participate, along with Syria and Nicaragua.

"The agreement permits it, and I know because I helped negotiate that flexibility", he said.

"He was only off by a factor of 10, because [the Paris Agreement] will shave at least a degree Celsius and with proper ratcheting up, it will literally cut the projected warming in half, getting us onto a path where we could see stabilizing the warming below 2 degrees Celsius, what most scientists who study the impacts of climate change will tell you constitutes the level of unsafe interference with the climate". Macron's call on Thursday for the accord's remaining 194 countries to fill the void left by the United States may see the two sides push for greater cooperation. "I'm not sure why Youngstown got thrown into the mix like it did yesterday".

On Twitter, Peduto responded, "As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future".

American presidents used to be praised for keeping promises.

  • Leroy Wright