Trump's climate doubts ignore US military consensus

Three Democratic governors said Thursday they won't let the United States back away from a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite President Donald Trump decision to withdraw from an worldwide pact.

Governors and analysts cited moves including California's effort to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, northeast states potentially tightening maximum allowances for carbon and OR working on measures to put a price on carbon.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also expressed interest in joining the new pact.

Trump also cited the possibility of an elimination of manufacturing jobs and economic production in industries like natural gas, paper, iron and steel along the way to reaching to the commitment from the US - which was to cut its emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025.

A study mentioned by Trump estimated that if the US meets its Paris goal for reducing carbon emissions it will cost 2.7 million by 2025.

Trump's decision to leave the Paris agreement garnered severe criticism from worldwide governments, scientists, tech giants and even celebrities.

Bloomberg said he has asked Macron and Hidalgo to convey to other national leaders that the United States, "through strong action by local leaders, businesses, and investors, remains committed to fulfilling the Paris Agreement" and that the United Nations has been receptive to his proposal.

A demonstration is held to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, outside the White House in Washington D.C. June 1, 2017.

Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry cheered Trump's action.

"Donald Trump said he was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, but his misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate does not reflect the values of our city", Peduto said in a press release announcing the city's plan to go 100% renewable.

He said he would notify the UN Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that USA cities, states, businesses and others would aim to meet the US's commitment to reducing emissions 26 per cent below the 2005 levels by 2025. "And to the extent that any of these initiatives are cost prohibitive, most of the states have incentive programs in place to fill the market gaps".

Under the accord, the United States promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions from 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and commit up to $3 billion in aid to poorer countries by 2020.

Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy says his city also will continue to address climate change, including the problem of rising sea levels. It's unclear when discussions between the three governors began, but they announced their new pact within an hour of Trump's announcement.

Trump created the business advisory group in December before taking office to assist him in making policy decisions.

Tusk said Europe was "stepping up our cooperation on climate change with China".

Washington state is also moving ahead with capping carbon emissions and requiring power plants and oil refineries to reduce emissions over time.

Either way, this really resonated with some people and groups including the Heritage Foundation, which maintains that the economic impact of "regulations associated with the Paris agreement" are "severe".

A decision by President Trump to pull the U.S. out of the world's first comprehensive agreement on tackling climate change and seek renegotiated terms "fair" to America has drawn widespread global condemnation.

  • Leroy Wright