U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, commit to Paris climate pact goals
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 17:05
"By withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump chose to put the forgotten men and women of America first". This shift away from coal was already under way before president Barack Obama was elected and before his administration introduced the Clean Power Plan, which placed the onus on individual states to cut carbon emissions.
It was when the meeting in Copenhagen in 2009 failed to reach a meaningful follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol that the Obama administration began to take a more assertive and productive stance, beginning to regain some of its earlier leadership role.
Voters were also asked whether leaving the Paris accord would "help" or "hurt" United States of leadership in the world. Although China has made dramatic progress in the past fifteen years in terms of science and technology, it is less likely that it could overtake the United States in this aspect any time soon.
Even in the middle of Vice President Mike Pence's home state of Indiana, South Bend's Mayor Pete Buttigieg tweeted: "One of SB's best job creators is a solar company".
The results differ greatly when political affiliations are factored in. They were far smaller than some of the earlier anti-Trump protests. This has not changed in the wake of the official announcement.
Since Trump has already made clear the United States wants to leave the pact, and no longer subscribes to its emissions pledges, nor will it meet its US$3bil (RM12.8bil) pledge on the Green Climate Fund, it would be unusual to enable the country to still negotiate with the same status as other members that remain committed to their pledges.
In a world so divided by ideology, inequality and economic competition, the Paris agreement was one rare area of global consensus to cooperate, on climate change. Even though the United States won't be officially out until 2020, we will begin acting as if we have left immediately by abandoning Obama's emission-reducing policies. Specifically: Does the USA stay in the Paris Agreement, or quit? It will continue to be the only game in town.
Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord has come as a huge shock.
The statement follows another issued jointly by the European Union and China indicating that the two parties are willing to fill the financial void left by the United States in mobilising funds for climate change mitigation programme.
"Now the U.S. - arguably one of the most powerful countries and one of the biggest polluters is not in there".
Mr. Trump announced Thursday that he is pulling the US out of the Paris agreement, which was one of President Obama's major achievements in office. This shows that Beijing and Brussels are effectively shifting their bilateral foci from Washington, D.C.to each other.
Climate change, trade and security were expected to be high on the agenda when Tillerson met with Prime Minister Bill English in the capital.
So how about that new deal that Trump wants, Todd asked.
While that mentality may animate many GOP donors, increasing numbers of business executives are demanding action to combat climate change.