Leaders pledge to boost climate efforts after Trump decision

PARIS, June 2 US cities, states and businesses can fulfil commitments made by the United States under the Paris climate change agreement even though the USA has withdrawn from the pact, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Paris. Some of the greatest change is underway in China, which is rapidly shutting down coal plants and mines and adding solar and wind plants, notwithstanding Trump's shameless lies at the White House about China's supposedly doing nothing. "Climate change is real", he tweeted.

African nations joined in protesting the USA withdrawal as the world's poorest continent seeks financial help in combating global warming.

Trudeau and Trump exchanged words over the phone on Thursday night when the prime minister "expressed his disappointment with the president's decision", according to a news release from the Prime Minister's Office.

Former California Governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger tore into Trump's decision in a video uploaded online on Thursday evening.

The group includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 100 businesses and more than 80 presidents of USA universities, the report said. "She said that the Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses".

The accord commits countries to holding global temperature rises to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels, which will require global emissions to be cut to net zero by the second half of the century.

They said May first wanted to speak to the USA president and claimed she was robust in her disappointment during a phone call.

But the US withdrawal creates complications.

"I absolutely disagree with the administration on this issue, but we have a responsibility to engage our elected officials to work constructively and advocate for policies that improve people's lives and protect our environment", Dimon said in a statement. Under the terms of the Accord, countries have committed to tackle climate change by submitting Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), which would dictate the "voluntary" actions they would be undertaking, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions and moving towards green energy.

On Thursday (1 June), the USA president announced that he will withdraw from the treaty signed in 2015 to keep his campaign promise to put "American workers first". A union spokesman said on Friday that Trumka intends to remain on the council to serve "as a voice for working people".

"Crimes against humanity" is a phrase to use with caution, but it fits Trump's repudiation of the Paris Accord and indeed his entire climate policy. He said the agreement's restrictions on future greenhouse gas emissions would be tantamount to putting vast national energy resources "under lock and key".

At the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), we represent 200 of the world's largest companies. "If we can't, that's fine".

Of course, we can not just blame the current president.

Talking points distributed by the White House also explicitly cited MIT.

Kellyanne Conway, a White House senior adviser, said on Fox News the deal would have "a statistically insignificant impact on the environment". A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Friday in response to Trump's remarks that as a "responsible major power" China would continue to promote the Paris agreement and fulfil its obligation "100 per cent".

  • Carolyn Briggs