Michael Bloomberg, US mayors vow to meet Paris targets even without Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 15:07
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.
"Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris agreement by leading from the bottom up", he said, flying to the French capital to meet President Emmanuel Macron in an expression of solidarity. The school noted yesterday that the number cited by Trump is "misleading" because it measures the Paris agreement's incremental impact over a previous Copenhagen agreement, and that it assumes the countries will not strengthen their commitments to fighting climate change after 2030.
The UN World Meteorological Organisation said that, in the worst scenario, the U.S. pullout could add 0.3° to global temperatures by the end of the century.
"We are convinced that the implementation of the Paris Agreement offers substantial economic opportunities for prosperity and growth in our countries and on a global scale", the three leaders said. Bloomberg is adding a relatively small bundle to that pot.
"A friend of mine likes to say that a thermometer is neither a Republican nor a Democrat", said Webb, who traveled to Paris for the signing of the accord in 2015 to raise awareness among the public that many evangelical Christians are concerned about climate change.
Trump may have been referencing an earlier version of the study, which didn't take all signing countries into account.
In 2006, the town of Chapel Hill and UNC-Chapel Hill became the first town-gown partners in the country to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by 2050 with the Community Carbon Reduction (CRed) pledge. 'It's not just MIT.
Trump's Rose Garden announcement that pulled the US out of the Paris agreement was reportedly based on research published by MIT researchers past year.
To say that the climate accord "hamstrings" the USA while allowing India and China to increase their emissions is "baffling". For years, Trump has been calling global warming a hoax, sometimes alleging that it was invented by China.
The White House referenced the study in materials provided to the press.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has said America has nothing to apologise for on climate change and retains a seat at the negotiating table, claiming: "After all, we're the United States".
"I do not speak for the President", Zinke said, later adding that he had not asked him.