White House Still Won't Say Whether Trump Believes Climate Science

The US state of Massachusetts will join with the states of New York, California and Washington in a US Climate Alliance to uphold commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement after President Donald Trump chose to withdraw the United States from it, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement.

"Today I want the world to know the U.S. will meet our Paris commitment, and through a partnership among cities, states, and businesses, we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process", Bloomberg said at a joint press conference at the Elysee presidential palace.

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.

Baker, who is a Republican, said he looks forward to working with the other governors to protect the environment while at the same time growing the economy.

Being part of the Paris agreement gives Durham a chance share ideas with other cities nationwide and across the globe, he said.

While cities can't individually sign onto or negotiate major global agreements on climate change, they do have some authority over their own energy use, including setting efficiency standards for building.

Several major U.S. corporations, captains of industry and business groups urged Trump to honor the endangered agreement, with oil super majors ExxonMobil and Chevron among those reiterating their support for the accords. Jerry Brown said if Trump is going to abandon USA leadership in the pact "then California and other states will step up". A letter on behalf of Apple, Google, Unilever and more, outlined the reasons why the USA must remain committed to the climate agreement, arguing it will strengthen competitiveness, create jobs, and reduce business risks.

President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has the world buzzing, but mayors across the nation have vowed to address climate change without the federal government.

Together the states represent one-fifth of U.S GDP, and almost one-fifth of the US population, according to a statement.

Ansgar Kiene of the environmental activist group Greenpeace said it was clear from the global response to the American decision that leaders around the world were united in the fight against climate change.

Spicer followed up when he took the podium: "I have not had the opportunity to have that discussion", he said, asked about Trump's beliefs on the science behind climate change. A global framework strengthens competitiveness for American businesses. He criticized the pact as a job-killer that put the United States at an unfair advantage.

Critics of the move include Travis Rieder, a Johns Hopkins bioethicist who was among five experts to analyze what the withdrawal means for the planet, USA business, and the world's poor in an article published by The Conversation.

"We have a moral responsibility to ensure that the excesses of our carbon based economy don't cause misery to the poorest of the poor and leave an irreversible legacy for our future generations to endure".

  • Arturo Norris