Obama says Paris climate agreement still has a chance

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 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. India signed the agreement because of its traditional commitment to protecting the environment, she said on Monday.

He said the Paris accord would undermine the US economy, cost U.S.jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.

The United States, the world's biggest carbon emitter after China, signed the agreement a year ago under the previous administration, but Trump has argued that the deal would harm the U.S. economy.

The initial reaction from overseas was one of dismay and confusion over what the president was actually trying to say. Let's be clear: the Paris Agreement was never about the environment.

"The measure adopted relevant sections of the Paris agreement as state law, which gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawaii, despite the Federal government's withdrawal from the treaty", said Sen.

Trump last week announced his plan to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, which attempts to curb global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Tuesday's agreement between California and China's Ministry of Science and Technology effectively sidestepped Trump's move, bringing about alignment on an issue of rising global importance between the world's second-largest economy - China - and California, whose economy is the largest of any US state and the sixth largest in the world. They have all committing to uphold the Paris Accord. Generally, countries can adopt renewable energy sources, limit carbon emissions, or do both.

Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, says the move flies in the face of Trump's pledge to create more jobs.

During the segment, Oliver called out Pittsburgh Mayor for his response to the decision, and state Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) for comments he made about climate change during a radio interview.

During a Tuesday forum devoted to capturing carbon dioxide emitted from coal plants and other large industrial sources, Perry said his agency was pursuing an "all of the above" strategy that includes research meant to spur innovation for coal, nuclear, renewables and other fuels.

In an essay on the website Medium, 246 USA mayors declared themselves "Climate Mayors" and wrote that they will "adopt, honor and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement".

However, the letter stated that local and state governments and private groups can band together to fight climate change even without help from the nation's leaders.

Such U.S. advances in renewables won't simply disappear under Trump, said David Sandalow, a former undersecretary of energy in the Obama administration now at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.

  • Carolyn Briggs