Following the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, Michael Bloomberg is coordinating a group of American governors, mayors, universities and businesses that remain committed to fulfilling the United States’ obligations under the deal.
The Paris Agreement commits signatories to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events. Knowing the good work that we and countless others around the world are doing, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about our planet’s future. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt said he was disappointed, adding: “Climate change is real“. But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the US and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments.
Trump did little to quell those concerns Thursday. But a US withdrawal from the deal would give China more opportunity to burnish its image as a global leader. It is “both a leader and a laggard” in addressing climate change, said Sarah Ladislaw, an energy expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Trump, on Wednesday, chose to pull out of the landmark global agreement created to fight climate change.
Yet it was only a little more than a year ago that climate scientists and environmentalists were viciously attacking the Paris agreement itself.
Dozens of cities have said they are committed to the Paris climate accord, with at least 86 mayors signing a statement saying they will adopt and uphold the agreement’s goals. “We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change, which is why I am also signing an Executive Order confirming New York’s leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet”. “On the contrary. We in Germany, Europe and the world will combine our forces more resolutely than ever to address and successfully tackle challenges for humanity such as climate change“.
In a speech made Thursday, President Trump said “I was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh not Paris”. It demonstrates the U.S.is willing to back away from a coalition it assembled just 18 months ago.
While Trump has chose to walk away from the Paris Agreement, he has not – not yet at least – explicitly abandoned emission reduction target, though he has stopped the “implementation” of the actions to achieve that target.
The reports said temperatures might rise by 1.1 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.
It will take several years before the world “will have a proper understanding of what the implications are” of the USA withdrawal, Terblanche said.
“This decision can’t and won’t stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet”, she said.
Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, recently said, “Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock”.
“There is no question that China will show leadership on climate, including putting a cap and trade system in place, investing in renewable energy, ramping down carbon emissions, ramping down coal”, Gordon added.