Trump critics (and a few backers) march worldwide over climate and Russian Federation
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 2:45
Donald Trump's scant regard for truth and diplomatic niceties was on display again as he stepped to the White House Rose Garden podium and declared the USA was ditching the Paris climate change accord. In recent years, he has expressed skepticism about whether climate change is real, sometimes calling it a hoax.
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.
Speaking at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Modi described the agreement as part of "our duty to protect Mother Earth". That's where it stands.
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. The target was voluntary, which meant the United States and almost 200 other nations could alter their commitments. "He is absolutely intent on making sure that we have clean air, clean water, that he makes sure that we're doing everything we can to keep America's moral compass in the world when it comes to the environment", she said. Closer to the White House, Elon Musk is quitting the President's advisory council and oil giants like Exxon have reiterated tackling climate change is vital. And I think what needs to be emphasised here with respect to the Paris accord was about the efficacy of the agreement as it relates to the environment, how it impacts the economy. "It's what we'll continue to do", she added.
In addition, the EPA director said the president is still committed to work internationally on combating climate change. He said: "With respect to the Paris accord, the focus is on the efficacy, the merits of the deal and the demerits of the deal.
He said that he's going to put jobs and the environment first", Pruitt replied.
The vast majority of scientists believe global warming is mainly the result of human activities, including power generation, transportation, agriculture and industry.
"The president believes the climate is changing".
Trump said his decision was based on "a reassertion of America's sovereignty", adding that he was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.
Darren Rosenblum, law professor at Pace University in NY, says the business community is coming together to address the most direct threat posed by a United States pullout-loss of competitiveness as the rest of the world barrels toward a greener economy.
"You are seeing a massive response to Trump's decision", he said, noting the United States has already begun to turn away from coal in favor of natural gas and renewable forms of energy. What matters is what steps you take to address Carbon dioxide reductions.
"Why did China and India not have to take any steps until 2030?"
"The environmental left has a very short memory", Pruitt said on "This Week". By turning his back on the Paris Agreement, he is increasing Americans' exposure to the devastating effects of climate change - many of which they are already experiencing.