NORC poll: Few favor Trump move to ditch Paris accord

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached out to U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Europe next month, saying she'll work to keep the Group of 20 nations united even after Trump's decision to quit the Paris accord on climate change.

The City of Las Cruces officially joined the Climate Mayors Network, that parallels the spirit and goals of the Paris Climate Agreement without any financial expenditure.

Trump has said participating in the pact would undermine the USA economy, wipe out jobs, weaken national sovereignty and put his country at a permanent disadvantage.

Mayor Tim Dougherty announced on Tuesday that he's joining the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a network of almost 300 US mayors representing more than 60 million citizens.

Cambodia, Philippines and Vietnam are also part of the Vulnerable 20 (V20), the group of economies of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) which applauded "those non-state actors from U.S. states, cities and businesses that have already reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement".

City Councilor Jack Eakman said he was "going to go with the science on this".

The council also voted in support of a separate resolution calling on Congress to assess a new fee on fossil fuels.

An adopted resolution would guide the city to reduce greenhouse gases.

According to Mayor Miyagishima, "Increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency can attract jobs and economic development opportunities for our community and increase our long-term economic competitiveness". The U.S. military briefed the president about the significant and direct risks of climate change including the likelihood of worldwide or civil conflict, state failure, mass migration, and global instability.

  • Leroy Wright