Trump and Paris climate change accord
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 4:13
A separate open letter to the United Nations includes representatives of 125 cities, nine states, 183 colleges and universities and 902 businesses and investors, including more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies.
Among the many critics of Trump's decision to withdraw was Al Gore, the former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize victor.
John Oliver was disgusted by President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord last week. The letter states that despite USA withdrawal, signatories will seek to uphold the commitments of the Paris Agreement, a global pledge to curb greenhouse gas emissions, within their own cities.
However, Sen. Todd Young said in a statement that the Paris Climate Agreement "stood to harm Hoosier ratepayers and workers more than it helped the environment". "And if the Paris agreement was something that works for them, that they can achieve, they should do that", Haley said. Major cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia have also indicated that they will also do so as well.
"I think the USA will exceed the Paris agreement targets", he added. Trump declared, without seeming to understand the terms and dynamics of the agreement, "I will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States". "The president has indicated the climate is changing; it's always changing".
City spokesman Laurence Grotheer told the News that implementing eco-friendly initiatives has been one of Harp's main points of focus over her past four years as mayor.
He "knows that it's changing and that the United States has to be responsible for it and that's what we're going to do", she said. "It's like I just said, good news everyone: Ebola, ISIS, and that dentist who shot Cecil the Lion are gonna save the planet for us".