EU's Juncker says no Paris climate deal renegotiation

The volume of protest in communities from Pittsburgh (the city Trump twice claimed he was representing when he announced his decision) to Hawaii, which on June 6 became the first USA state to pass a law committing to the Paris agreement, has been breathtaking.

She says she made that clear to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, during a private meeting on the sidelines of a meeting of G7 environment ministers in Italy on Sunday.

Trump announced earlier this month at the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate accords because the policies were unfair to the U.S and eliminating jobs.

Now, with Trump's withdrawal from the treaty, the United States, the Earth's second largest polluter after China, joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only three nations not to have signed the climate pact.

Kate Brown of OR and Jay Inslee of Washington, who also traveled to Sacramento on Tuesday, both plan to attend with other governors in the state's Climate Alliance. And rural communities in the USA will be left behind, again.

In other words, if Republicans aren't feeling some buyer's remorse over President Trump's poor decision with the Paris agreement on climate, they should be.

However, Canada's environment minister, Catherine McKenna, said the meeting did the opposite.

Signing the statement means joining the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, an association of US mayors devoted to fighting climate change.

The worldwide climate accord, which took shape in 2015, commits countries to reducing greenhouse gases to keep global average temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius, or 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists have known since the 19th century that burning coal, oil and gas spews carbon dioxide into the air, which then acts like a blanket to trap heat on Earth. Nevertheless, the European president said that, by stepping aside, the United States strengthened the resolve of those committed to action. Rather, it says that the accord is "the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change and adapting to its effects".

Environment campaigners hailed the draft law's call for a more ambitious baseline for calculating emission-reduction targets than that proposed by the European Commission, the EU executive.

The organization, founded in 2014, received $1 million in startup funding from the Clinton Global Initiative to support the founding mayors' efforts to organize cities in advance of the signing of the 2015 Paris agreement.

"Companies, states and local governments throughout the United States have already begun to fill the void left by this administration's actions, leading the way on clean-energy initiatives and reducing our carbon footprint", Polis wrote.

"Let us make sure that Europe takes its part in this economic opportunity", he said.

  • Zachary Reyes