Local Leaders Defy Trump's Paris Withdrawal
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 7:15
The US does not need India, China and France telling it what to do on the issue of Paris Climate agreement, American ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said, strongly supporting the controversial decision of President Donald Trump to withdraw from the landmark accord.
Experts said the groundswell of support from the private sector, big states such as NY and California and state and local leaders for the voluntary emissions-curbing commitments in the 2015 deal could even help the USA reach its goals earlier than planned.
Rather than let that happen, a large coalition of American cities, states, businesses and educational institutions are launching something akin to a shadow government, meant to take America's place on the global climate stage.
The top American diplomat said that Trump believes the climate is changing, and he does know that pollutants are a part of that equation. McDonald's believes in climate change and has acted accordingly (sustainability in the supply chain, increased energy efficiency), recognizing that it is good for its bottom line, for its customers and for the planet.
With the US out, China will, instead, emerge as a world leader in climate change progress, Oliver points out.
Kerry, who threw his full weight behind the agreement when it was adopted in 2015, bitterly criticized Trump's unilateral decision to pull out of it.
Although Bloomberg's initiative is not the only pushback against Trump's move, it is the most prominent, said Steve Cohen, executive director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
The three states, which make up at least 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the USA, have committed to lowering emissions by up to 28 percent below the levels from 2005, according to the announcement.
He added, "Now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths".
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced via Twitter his decision to leave two White House advisory councils in support of the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the Associated Press (AP). With them, we will speak out and continue to work on behalf of the Paris agreement.
In 2014 Kerrry said climate change is as big a threat to the U.S.as terrorism, poverty and weapons of mass destruction.