Mayor of Beaufort comments on United States withdrawal from Paris Climate Accords
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 11:02
Republicans' disfavor of the Paris Agreement is not new, as 22 GOP senators submitted a letter to Trump on May 25, attempting to persuade the president to abandon the pact. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States.
"The objective.is to support the participants in advancing innovation and development of, and investment in, low-carbon energy resources and clean technologies", the five-year agreement states.
The Paris Climate Change Agreement requires participating countries to limit global warming to well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit from preindustrial levels and encourages them to pursue efforts to keep temperature increases to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tech giants including Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon are among a few of the hundreds of businesses who are now part of a public campaign dubbed "We Are Still In"-a name that derives from an open letter the coalition sent to the White House in the days following the unpopular decision". He pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which is created to reduce and mitigate the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases that are contributing to the warming of the Earth. Thank you, President Trump.
America joined Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations that did not sign the Paris Agreement. More than two dozen other states, mostly in the country's middle, already had been fighting stepped-up federal emissions-cutting programs before Trump's announcement. China and the Obama administration negotiated the deal, and China has vowed to stay in it.
President Trump may have just done more than anyone in history to reverse global warming, as the Star's June 3 headline indicates: Nations galvanized against U.S. decision on climate pact.
"Pulling out of the Paris Accord is wrong for our country, our children, and the generations to come", Cooper said.
The move has also caused a rift with India, after Trump accused New Delhi of receiving "billions and billions and billions of dollars" in return for joining the Paris agreement.
This is China's first time hosting the Clean Energy Ministerial, which began amid the city's characteristic sheen of haze.
The Wall Street Journal said it best: "Leadership is not defined as the US endorsing whatever other world leaders have already decided they want to do, and the U.S.is providing a better model in any case". It's increasingly looking like it's not America alone on the world stage - it's the President.