USA states, cities step in to fill Trump Paris exit

The poll found 68 percent of Americans want the United States to lead global efforts to slow climate change, and 72 percent agree "that given the amount of greenhouse gases that it produces, the United States should take aggressive action to slow global warming".

"We're disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement".

Pruitt also heralded U.S. efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, saying: "We're leading by example ... we are leading with action, not words".

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 USA pullout - loss of competitiveness as the rest of the world barrels toward a greener economy. What's implied here is that China will increase emissions in absolute terms during that time.

Spicer pointed out, however that there has been bipartisan support for the president's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. He has purged climate scientists and deeply cut budgets of climate science institutions like EPA and Nasa. I have not talked to the president about his personal views on what is contributing to climate change. The Trump announcement has triggered official withdrawal procedures, a lengthy process that will not conclude until November 2020 - the same month President Trump is up for re-election.

A halfway decent leader of any country would have a sense of moral responsibility to the worldwide community and nations around the globe. Never since the Vietnam war has an American policy issue been so divisive.

Asked by the State of the Union host Jake Tapper if saying the Chinese invented climate change to achieve an economic advantage was "a big box of crazy", Haley said: "President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation". A dozen other states are reported to have expressed a similar resolve.

Almost 4,000 miles away, Parisian Raphael Angeli said Trump's decision puts him at odds with many of his fellow citizens and much of the world. However, they also refuse to look at the alternative - an America where no leaders are fighting back against global warming and that offers no hope to cities and countries internationally who still look to the U.S. for guidance.

China and the European Union have taken the leadership role of the Paris Agreement now that the U.S. has pulled out. The group will seek to pursue the climate goals established under the Paris accord, and in California's case, excel beyond them.

Then, on Friday, the French government made a decision to take on Trump's message directly. The state of California, Germany and China, have emerged in recent years, as global leaders on clean and renewable energy. In the aftermath of the U.S. decision to quit the accord, these three have a pivotal role to play.

Pittsburgh's mayor issued an executive order Friday committing the city to the accord by continuing efforts to end the use of landfills, reduce energy consumption by half and develop a fossil fuel-free fleet of city vehicles. Many states will follow Californian standards with or without support from the federal government, and thus share the global burden of emissions reductions.

  • Zachary Reyes