President Trump supported by science on Climate Change

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.

United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said that the U.S. did not need India, China or France telling them what to do about climate change, PTI reported on Monday. The administration is working to dismantle former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which is meant to regulate electricity plants and help the United States meet its promise to cut emissions by more than a quarter from 2005 levels. "Just because the U.S. got out of a club doesn't mean we aren't going to care about the environment", she said.

Although the formal process to withdraw from the Paris agreement takes four years, Trump said the United States will not honor the pledge the Obama administration submitted, known as the nationally determined contribution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025.

"I think children know more about this subject than some of the people advising the president", Pelosi said.

In explaining his decision to leave the Paris accord, Trump said it would cost the USA millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in lost gross domestic product over the next decade.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement had come as a shock for India and he believes America will rethink its decision on the climate change agreement.

Bloomberg's charitable organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced Thursday that it would finance the U.S.' share of the administrative costs of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the mechanism required to keep the almost 200-member nation deal upright. Trump's decision to withdraw from the climate deal gave plenty of reason for Putin to cheer. Two unnamed officials sent to brief the press after the president's Paris agreement speech said that they couldn't speak to his "personal views".

It is unclear whether Trump believes the climate is changing.

In 2012, Trump tweeted that climate change was a Chinese hoax.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the staff at the USA embassy in Ankara on May 23, 2017.

Trump's decision has left the United States virtually isolated on the world stage, and his insistence that he will seek to "renegotiate" the global accord has done little to ease a wave of bitter condemnation.

"Honestly, I haven't asked him that", he said.

More than 1,200 governors, mayors, higher education leaders and businesses signed a statement declaring "We Are Still In".

Europe, China stands united against Trump's decision to take U.S. out of Paris climate change pact. The rest of the world wanted to tell us how we do it.

  • Larry Hoffman