Hope Trump will rethink Paris Climate Accord decision: Rajnath

Trump announced last week he was withdrawing the USA from the Paris accord, saying it was bad for his country and its economy but kept the door open for a "new transaction" on terms that are fair to America.

"US leadership on climate change doesn't begin or end in Washington", said World Wildlife Fund's Lou Leonard, senior vice president, climate change and energy. Only 22 percent of independents supported Trump's move. Any other form might subject the new U.S. Climate Alliance to legal challenge.

After Trump announced that the U.S. would exit the Paris Climate Agreement on Thursday, the Tesla founder severed his ties with him, quitting the presidential advisory boards.

Trump argued that the nonbinding agreement imposed "draconian financial and economic burdens on our country", and predicted it would cost millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to the USA economy - a stance critics quickly noted did not consider the health benefits from cutting emissions and the potential economic benefits of investments in clean energy. It calls for nations to voluntarily reduce carbon dioxide emissions in hopes of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above temperatures at the outset of the Industrial Revolution.

In his Thursday announcement on pulling the USA out of the Paris agreement, the president said that the climate accord was more about giving other nations a "financial advantage" over the US than it is about the environment. "I am sure the USA will l rethink its decision", he said.

The coalition intends to submit a "Societal Nationally Determined Contribution" to the United Nations, which will be called "America's Pledge" and account for the climate-fighting efforts of U.S. cities, states, businesses, and other subnational actors.

India had signed the Paris climate pact not because of pressure from any country or due to lure of money, she said. Today's declaration builds on the statement from the Climate Mayors, signed by Mayor Suzanne Jones last week, which commits 211 American cities and counting to upholding the Paris Agreement.

That's another X-factor. How many people who don't have strong feelings about the Paris agreement on the merits are nonetheless wary of withdrawing because of the diplomatic fallout?

  • Leroy Wright