California, China defy US climate retreat with new cleantech tie-up
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 9:16
North Carolina's governor is joining eight Democratic counterparts who say their states will remain committed to reducing climate-changing emissions despite President Donald Trump pulling the USA out of a global agreement.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama says the Paris climate agreement still has a chance despite the "temporary absence of American leadership" and says he "took great comfort" in hearing last week that U.S. states, cities, corporations and others have made a decision to carry on with Paris commitments.
Vowing to keep the United States on track to meet its emissions-cutting target even without the US government's support, more than a dozen governors, including Brown, representing almost 40 percent of the USA economy by Tuesday, June 6, 2017, had pledged themselves to stay in the climate-change fight despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords last week.
Trump said the agreement gave the US a "permanent disadvantage" and would essentially put the country's natural resources "under lock and key" as reasons for his decision to pull out. "We can't afford any dropouts in the tremendous human challenge to make the transition to a sustainable future", Brown said.
"The world is not doing enough", he said.
The so-called We Are Still In campaign will fall flat unless it manages to convince almost every fossil fuel burning state in the country to back the Paris deal.
However, there are other investing ramifications from Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, Reuters warns. Under Paris we can not increase manufacturing here and we can not get coal miners back to work.
Following Trump's announcement, Vice President Mike Pence said the deal would have cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
In reality, then, Trump's decision does not cancel a USA national policy - not even a real promise to consider one.
The U.S. joined the treaty, which sets common goals, commitments, and expectations, through executive order from President Obama.
Just curious, do you know why Hogsett and Indianapolis aren't on the list of 68 United States mayors/cities (68!) committed to uphold the Paris Accord goals? The declaration represents $6.2 trillion of the United States economy and 120 million Americans.
Evanston also is part of the global Compact of Mayors, a group of "648 city leaders representing 486 million people worldwide dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions", the mayor said in the statement.