Bloomberg leads mass coalition declaring support for Paris climate deal
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 18:28
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is joining a coalition of governors who say they are committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
He didn't understand the deal, which is voluntary, not mandatory; won't cost the USA the jobs he says it will; and will have a much bigger impact on climate change than he cited (M.I.T. researchers issued a response to his use of their study, noting he had greatly understated the impact the study concluded).
"America has unilaterally ceded global leadership on this issue, which for years even Republican presidents. pushed in this direction".
He had put the U.S. in league with two other nations - Syria and Nicaragua - who have not signed onto the deal agreed by over 190 other nations.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg submitted a statement to the United Nations on Monday that over 1,000 USA governors, mayors, businesses, universities and others will continue to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement abandoned by President Donald Trump last week.
President Trump pulls the USA out of the Paris climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, nations - inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses - came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.
Oliver picked apart one Trump statement about the Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries reduce emissions, where he claimed that it would cost the USA "tens of billions of dollars". On the whole, the agreement was so "off-brand" for the president that Oliver said it might as well be known as "a light jog". Nevertheless, Tillerson said much of the USA gains on the climate front came from non-treaty initiatives.
Speaking alongside New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee, the US secretary of state said his country's reduction in greenhouse gas emissions were "possibly unparalleled" and already at levels last seen in the 1990s.
In media appearances, several of the president's surrogates have also evaded the question, following Trump's decision to exit the global accord aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change. For example, Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, could only offer faint praise for the accord in a December 2015 New York Times op-ed, charging that it did just enough "to keep both environmentalists and the fossil fuel industry from complaining too much". The US President also said the deal was not tough on India and neighbouring China.