Hawaii Becomes First US State To Legally Support The Paris Climate Agreement
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 20:56
But Africa Union Commission (AUC)'s Department for Rural Economy and Agriculture director Godfrey Bahiingwa said as Africa Union (AU), it clearly understands the impact of climate change on the continent. "We can't afford any dropouts in the tremendous human challenge to make the transition to a sustainable future", Brown said, according to CBS.
President Donald Trump may have pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, but that didn't stop California Governor Jerry Brown and Chinese President Xi Jinping from signing their own climate agreement in Beijing on Tuesday. We're supposed to get rid of ours. Although he didn't mention Trump by name, Brown told the forum, "There are still people in powerful places who are resisting reality".
In a 27-minute, 3000-word "rant" in the White House Rose Garden, Trump accused India of making its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions of dollars foreign aid from developed countries and said the Paris Accord was very unfair to the United States.
Though Brown and Xi didn't directly discuss the Paris accord, Brown told an audience at a forum in Beijing that climate change could be more unsafe than the threat of fascism during World War II.
Regardless of how they intend to go about upholding the agreement, it's incredible to see companies and philanthropists come together, joining smaller governmental institutions and showing the world just how ineffective the president is when it comes to imposing policies that go against their core values. China warned Trump on Friday that the move was a major error. Certainly China is playing a leading role.
A senior USA official confirmed the account given in the tweets but added that after Rank announced his intention to retire on Monday in Beijing, he was told by the State Department to leave his post immediately.
Rick Perry, the Energy Secretary for the Trump Administration, will be attending the summit in Beijing as well.
Undoing most existing US programs that curb vehicle pollution and other climate-changing emissions would probably take years and court battles if Trump tries, climate experts say.
President Donald Trump withdrew the USA from that agreement last week.
Trump is a strong advocate of boosting USA fossil fuel industries, in particular coal mining, which suffered a steep decline in production during the tenure of former President Barack Obama. Another tweet from Pomfret said Rank called a town hall meeting to announce his decision to embassy staff and explained that he could not deliver a diplomatic note informing the Chinese government of the US decision.
Perry is from a state that is known for its oil production, but which also has emerged as a leader in renewables development.