Blue States Form Climate Alliance After Trump Withdraws From Paris Pact

Blue States Form Climate Alliance After Trump Withdraws From Paris Pact

Blue States Form Climate Alliance After Trump Withdraws From Paris Pact

Tillerson said people need to recognize that the United States has a "terrific record" of reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions, adding that it is "something I think we can be proud of". "They can do whatever they want for 13 years".

"This was not a litmus test on the reality of climate change for him", said R.C. Hammond, a senior Tillerson adviser. At Friday's press briefing, four different reporters asked Pruitt four variations on this basic question from ABC's Mary Bruce: "Yes or no, does the president believe that climate change is real and a threat to the United States?"

Following Trump's announcement, which immediately drew condemnation from Democratic lawmakers and prominent business leaders like Elon Musk, Monier said MIT's scientists "certainly do not support the withdrawal of the US from the Paris agreement", Reuters reported. The White House said the USA will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway.

"Regardless of President Trump's decision, the great cities of the world, in particular the twelve American C40 cities, remain resolutely committed to doing what needs to be done to implement the Paris agreement", she said referring to 91 global cities that are have vowed to fight global warming.

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U.S. businesses, cities and states were also critical of Trump's decision, with several vowing to take action into their own hands to meet commitments under the Paris agreement. "The projected damages from climate change hit those countries in excess of their share of GDP or population".

For the well-being of all their people, countries like China and India must continue to grow economically and provide energy access for every household.

It's a massive blow to USA prestige, and one that will likely filter down to US companies that do business globally, making it harder for them to win business. That's the drawback to a voluntary agreement. And the state-owned Global Times said Trump's "selfishness and irresponsibility will be made clear to the world, crippling the country's world leadership".

The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration said on January 5 in a document that lays out its plan to develop the nation's energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period. "We're still looking at a world where we have to innovate now and make things easier later".

Defying globe, President Trump withdraws US from Paris deal
Terblanche also cautioned "it is still fairly early days" to assess the impact of Trump's "complex announcement ". Mr Obama had repeatedly said that signing up to the deal was one of his proudest moments as President.

Still, the strength of the agreement is that it doesn't depend on any one country for success - even big ones like the U.S. Exxon, his former company, was on the record supporting the agreement and publicly encouraging Trump not to withdraw.

It's hard to see how Trump's decision to exit the Paris deal is anything other than an own goal.

Meanwhile, states like California, cities, businesses and philanthropists are forging ahead with policies, innovation and funding. As Obama's top diplomat, he played a major role persuading other governments to commit to cut their own emissions, even when it created political problems for them at home.

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