Paris Climate Agreement: Companies, Universities, States Sign 'We Are Still In' Statement

Three days after Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord, senior members of his administration could not present a united front in response to questions about the president's beliefs on climate change.

"I am departing presidential councils".

In 2020, voters will have something concrete to vote on: Does the USA engage with the rest of the world on climate change, or remain a pariah?

The agreement is the result of years of negotiations that began in 2011 in Durban, South Africa and concluded at the UN Climate Talks held in Paris in December 2015. The main activity was the separate meetings with EU, NATO and fellow G7 leaders. Asserting that in India people worship mountains, trees and rivers as part of a centuries-old tradition of protecting the environment, she said, "that is why whether America stays in or not, India will abide by the accord".

USA think tank Climate Interactive predicts that if all nations fully achieve their Paris pledges, the average global surface temperature rise by 2100 will be 3.3C, or 3.6C without the US.

Merkel played a crucial role using other channels, even talking to Ivanka Trump. And in doing so, Trump has given voters the opportunity to speak out on climate change in a way they rarely have. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, released a statement Thursday chastising the president for his decision.

Trump's top climate adviser Scott Pruitt was indignant: "The world applauded when we joined Paris".

With the announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, President Trump elected to go with ideology over pressing environmental concerns, recommendations by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and business leaders, and public opinion.

Some of the governors are part of a group that also includes companies, mayors and university presidents that are planning to present a plan to the United Nations that would meet the greenhouse-gas emission targets under the Paris climate agreement that President Trump pulled the US out of on Thursday, The New York Times reported. Under the deal, countries would set their own targets - and their own approaches - for reducing their emissions, with the aim of increasing the ambition of their targets over time.

"Non-compliance with commitments in the Paris accord by a government which is the second-largest producer of greenhouse gases and is one of the most polluting countries, is unacceptable", said Ghasemi.

In several politically important ways, the US decision to leave more strengthens the resolve of other countries to move forward without the United States than it weakens the Paris Agreement.

"It undermines America's standing in the world", Gore said. The US President also said the deal was not tough on India and neighbouring China.

The president provoked widespread condemnation when he announced the USA would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement.

Rwanda has pledged more actions to combat climate change mainly under in Intended Nationally Determined Contributions that are considered as essential elements of the agreement implementation. For instance, the Copenhagen Fund 2009 that was supposed to offer $30 billion as compensation to LDC's for 2010-2012 and the Rio Fund of $100 billion did not receive all the promised pledged cash. The Paris Agreement was indeed the only hope to save the planet. "I mean, that's what he believes".

  • Zachary Reyes