Governor Chris Sununu says he much hasn’t thought about President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S from the Paris Climate Agreement. ExxonMobil said such reporting wasn’t needed, arguing that demand for oil and gas will increase for decades.
Now the sixth-largest economy in the world, California has advanced its nation-leading climate goals while also growing the economy, Brown noted.
No matter what the USA government does, or does not do, corporations and investors will continue to make their own decisions about how to adapt to climate change, and many have pledged to continue to reduce emissions.
South Africa said the US has a “moral obligation” to support poorer countries in the global effort against climate change. It also could have come out of any one of Trump’s stump speeches on the 2016 campaign trail – although likely not in the context of climate change.
First, the 0.2 degree-figure used in the talking point reflects the incremental impact of the Paris Agreement compared with the earlier Copenhagen agreement. Or, it should be.
Henrik Selin, a professor of global relations at Boston University, agreed that in the wake of Trump’s announcement, states and cities will probably be spurred to do even more. “Collectively, these actors remain committed to the Paris accord“. “America finally has a leader who answers only to the people – not the special interests who have had their way for much too long”.
Many world leaders have condemned the US withdrawal.
“The countries of the world care about climate change”.
“This amounts to a very significant reversal of the downward trajectory that USA emissions have been on”, Bill Hare, one of the report’s authors and CEO of Climate Analytics, a nonprofit climate science and policy institute, told Scientific American this week. By joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only nonparticipants in the most consequential diplomatic effort of this century, he also dealt a blow to the USA leadership that has helped promote peace and prosperity for the past seven decades under Republican and Democratic presidents alike.
Climate scientists have taken issue with some of the research used by President Trump to bolster his case for withdrawal from the Paris agreement.
It also runs counter to public opinion.
Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or an entirely new transaction with terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers. The electric power industry’s transition away from coal has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in renewables, making solar companies the largest employer, with twice as many workers as coal, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
“In the United States, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states and businesses than they are by our federal government”, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, now a UN special envoy for cities and climate change, said Friday in Paris.
Check out Boston, New York and more cities around the world showing support for the Paris Agreement.