Erie County Seeks to Hold Itself to Paris Climate Agreement

Gov. Charlie Baker and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, two of the four Republican governors in New England, announced late Friday afternoon that they would join a coalition of states committed to fulfilling the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement despite President Trump's decision this week to withdraw from the global pact. During Brown's trip to China, he plans to push for even more cooperation on clean energy policies. "If they do not reduce emissions, it doesn't matter what others do", Mathur said. Any industry, corporation, state, city, local municipality, and individual needs to do all that is possible to reduce energy use, reduce consumption, and reduce waste.

Trump's line, meant to convey that he was protecting jobs he claims would be lost through the accord, was nevertheless rebuffed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who tweeted: "Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement".

"To everyone for whom the future of our planet is important, I say let's continue going down this path so we're successful for our Mother Earth", she said to applause from lawmakers.

Nicaragua and war-torn Syria are the only countries not party to the Paris accord, the former seeing it as not ambitious enough.

"I'm not a believer in man-made global warming", Trump told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt in September 2015, after launching his bid for the White House.

President Trump's triumphant Rose Garden ceremony announcing his withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement sent a message loud and clear to his supporters: promise kept.

Fact check: Trump said he was citing an M.I.T study. He said he would start a process that could last four years to withdraw from the deal, which has been signed by nearly every other nation on Earth.

"Cities will continue to lead the way in innovation and sustainability". "Having looked at that desperate past in the face, it has done a dramatic turnaround and today is a model for prosperous economic and sustainable development".

"It is time to exit the Paris accord and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens and our country", he said.

Almost 200 countries have ratified the Paris agreement.

Baraff, the director of Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, echoed Gould's sentiment.

"On a broader economic scale, withdrawal and non-compliance and scaling back of subsidies may result in a missed opportunity for the U.S. to lead the charge", on renewable energy technology, said Ms Hioureas.

There is no real rationale to do so, Baraff said, as the USA coal and metal industries that exist today are only a fraction of what they once were. But the reverse may also be true, he said. "Modern steel runs on a tenth of the manpower it needed before". "The President is pretending as if somehow you can turn the clock back 40-50 years". When asked at a Friday briefing if Trump believes in climate change, his spokesman Sean Spicer said he had not spoken to the president about it.

WHITE HOUSE: The Paris climate accord "would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies about one-third of our electric power." - information released with Trump's announcement.

But not everyone in the region is angry. "He may be talking about all of Western Pennsylvania, but it's a far cry from being Pittsburgh".

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: The Paris deal has "really put an extraordinary burden on the American economy".

In 2010, Pittsburgh enacted legislation modeled after the federal government's Clean Air Act of 1970. Leaders at all levels of government have come out in opposition of the decision. Instead, he framed his decision as based on economics.

The mayor of Pittsburgh was not amused.

"The agreement is a good one".

  • Leroy Wright