Some US Cities And States Aren't Giving Up On The Paris Agreement
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 10:52
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LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May was accused by opponents Friday of failing to stand up to the United States over its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Trump just voluntarily left something that would have cost nothing (besides a broken campaign promise) to stay in.
It is clear that whoever takes office in the United Kingdom on the 9th of June will be committed to tackling climate change. But the world now counts on the leadership of China, Germany and others committed to fighting climate change to steer the way forward.
China is the world's largest carbon emitter.
"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 governments of France, Germany, and Italy said in a joint statement.
The decision could carry big implications in terms of which nations lead the push to combat global climate change and the USA, which is the second largest producer of emissions in the world, has lost some credibility in spite of decades as a leader in climate research and pollution and carbon reduction.
None have sought a greater reduction than global economic heavyweight California, however, which is seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent relative to 1990 levels by 2030 under a previously established climate goal. Already, renewable energy investments like the one at Green Port Hull are employing thousands of people, and export markets are growing. That's what being the global leader means: You set the course for other countries to follow.
In response, Cuomo issued an executive order mandating that NY abide by the standards of the climate accord, and created a coalition with the governors of California and Washington to seek to get other states to abide by the standards.
"The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition is pleased that Mayor Sarno has agreed to sign on to the Climate Mayors Coalition in light of the Trump Administrations decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement", Jesse Lederman, Director of Public Health and Environmental Initiatives at Arise for Social Justice, said in a statement. The good news? Some of celebrities also offered ways to take action to protect the environment, too.
Trump has expressed his doubts about the existence of climate change for years, and said the accord would hurt the USA economy and cost jobs.
French President Emmanuel Macron was damning, saying in a late-night TV address that the United States had "turned its back on the world".