Countries Doing the Most to Fight Climate Change

"You should ask him that and I hope you have a chance", said Kellyanne Conway, a White House adviser, on the topic. "This decision can not and will not deter all of us who feel obliged to protect this earth", Merkel declared.

"The fight against climate change, and all the research, innovation and technological progress it will bring, will continue, with or without the U.S.".

Merkel spoke with Trump by telephone about the decision Thursday, then issued a three-minute statement Friday in Berlin that was broadcast live by German television stations. Conway would only say: "The president believes in a clean environment, clean air, clean water".

On nearly every environment and climate change and global warming issue we have tested, there are major partisan gaps. "And perhaps most important, new coal plants in the USA aren't economically feasible right now, due to lower costs of other forms of energy", Robertson said.

Together, we've gone far.

The European Union and China recommitted Friday to the 2015 Paris climate deal, one day after the United States announced it would withdraw from it.

"We have seen, from every corner of the world", Figueres said, "every country around coming out to say that this is good for their economy, and they remain committed to the Paris agreement". Jerry Brown, a founding member of the Alliance.

Two days later - despite the fact that the United States' withdrawal from the Paris agreement, signed by almost 200 countries, dominated the news cycle for much of the week - Spicer still had apparently not felt it necessary to look into his boss' thoughts on climate science.

The coalition now has no specific goals outside of reaffirming its member states' commitment to the original objectives of the Paris agreement.

The governors of four New England states, including Charlie Baker of MA, also said they would join the new state alliance.

US growth would take a $2.5 trillion hit over 10 years with "factories and plants closing all over our country", Trump said at an April rally in Pennsylvania. "Pruitt asked. ". The United States has a seat at the table. They both appeared on Fox News.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Trump to express his disappointment.

In Trump's speech announcing the planned withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Agreement, the president said: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer at a press briefing at the White House on May 30, 2017.

The president also ignored it during an unrelated bill-signing.

"The president not taking a leadership position on this is really just tragic on so many levels", Glickstein said. Small island nations, individual European leaders, and even Russian Federation, the largest emitter that has yet to formally adopt the agreement, said Friday it was likely to do so by 2020. The President's decision runs counter to prodigious evidence on the science and economics of climate change. He said, "Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree ..."

"If I can, I will", he said.

The tweet includes a now-popular hashtag "make our planet great again"-a cheeky adaptation of the nationalist slogan used by Trump on his election campaign trail".

Bloomberg's plan calls for his foundation to work with other groups, from governments to philanthropies, that want to support the U.N.'s climate change agency. In November, 81 percent of voters who identified as white born-again or evangelical Christians voted for Trump, according to the Pew Research Center.

  • Salvatore Jensen