Time for a Chill Pill on Trump's Climate Action

The group will seek to pursue the climate goals established under the Paris accord, and in California's case, excel beyond them.

Bloomberg made an unannounced visit to Paris after launching a coalition of U.S. cities and corporations that intends to uphold the Paris accord while Macron led Europe's charge to defend the pact.

He said he would notify the U.N. Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that US cities, states, businesses and others will aim to meet the United States' commitment to reducing emissions 26 percent below the 2005 levels by 2025. Two post-election surveys conducted by the Yale Program for Climate Communication found that more than two-thirds (69%) of registered voters believed the USA should honor the Paris climate agreement-including almost half of Trump voters (47 percent).

Although Trump's decision does have repercussions, he does not carry the country with him on this issue.

He said under the Paris deal, developed countries agreed to set economy-wide reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while developing countries "should continue enhancing their mitigation efforts" with the aim of achieving economy-wide absolute reductions eventually.

When US President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris agreement, he said he was elected to represent "Pittsburgh, not Paris".

"The Paris agreement is irreversible and will be implemented because it is our responsibility", he said.

Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, also refused to say whether Trump believes in climate change.

This all illustrates the key point - as far as the climate is concerned, what matters is not what Trump says or does, but how the rest of America and the rest of the world responds, both politically and practically.

"Climate change is a fact of life that people in Los Angeles and cities around the world live with every day". Especially when, after withdrawing the United States from the most important climate deal in history, aides might want to use the opportunity to show that the president understands the basic science.

But, he added, "Measuring with precision, from my perspective, the degree of human contribution is very challenging, but it still begs the question, what do we do about it?"

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg claimed the withdrawal was bad for the environment and the U.S. economy and he called on people to act together "before it's too late".

"I am not a climate change denier", asserted shovel operator Stacey Moeller, 58. "It is time for all of us to stand up, organize, fight back, and channel our energy into grassroots political action".

It's a stunning reversal for the CEO, who previously resisted calls for his resignation from Trump's council.

  • Joanne Flowers