June 28, 2017

Republican governor joins coalition to uphold Paris climate agreement

04 June 2017, 04:34 | Archie Newman

"You know, people have called me a climate skeptic or a climate denier", he said.

Sachs continued, "What is a shame is that this agreement, like any other negotiation probably has issues which should be dealt with in future negotiations, but leaders continue to work towards an end goal and not just walk away from the initial accords and steps that have been taken".

The move comes a day after Republican President Donald Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States from the agreement, a pact involving almost 200 nations aimed at slowing the warming of the planet.

Trump announced the withdrawal on Thursday, tapping into his "America First" campaign theme.

"We're principled, and if we can't get comfortable with the policies that are in place, then we're not going to support them", Mark Holden, Koch Industries's top lawyer, said previously as cited by the Washington Post. The the world's second-largest emitter of carbon, following only China.

There was a mix of dismay and anger across the world.

"If the United States drops out of the climate agreement... for European trade policy, this means that American production sites don't need to abide by the climate goals", Germany's center-left chancellor candidate said on Thursday, speaking at the WDR Europa Forum in Berlin.

Trump made his claim on June 1 in announcing that the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, which he described as "very unfair" to the United States. "It is often those who are poor who suffer the most because of the neglect of the environment, " he said.

China overtook the USA as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007. But without this agreement to cut carbon emissions, he said, "you have no reason to spend that extra money".

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston said he opposed Trump's decision. "Pruitt asked. ". The United States has a seat at the table.

Under the Paris accord, the USA sent some $1 billion to the Green Climate Fund that is guided by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change - the body that coordinates global climate policy.

Earlier, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "There is no reverse gear to energy transition". So, without a Paris Agreement and a Clean Power Plan, would the US build new coal plants?

Global warming is not a distant problem - not distant in time or space.

White House talking points on the decision sent to Republican lawmakers Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press made similar arguments.

To be fair, this is not entirely untravelled ground - remember George W Bush's decision against ratifying the 1997 Kyoto climate change treaty.

And his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson played down the significance of pulling out of the agreement - insisting the U.S. would continue in its efforts to cut emissions. If one of them were to follow the US withdrawal, it's unlikely that the Paris accord would lead to large-scale reduction of emissions.

He said he would notify the UN Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that USA cities, states, businesses and others would aim to meet the US's commitment to reducing emissions 26 per cent below the 2005 levels by 2025.

A number of figures from U.S. industry expressed their dismay at Trump's move.

Separately, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and Tesla chief Elon Musk argued the move would cost the "Industry must now lead and not depend on government".

Gary Cohn, director of the president's National Economic Council, also has acknowledged that natural gas is more competitive than coal. "It's about opportunity, stewardship and America's standing as a global leader". "This decision can not and will not deter all of us who feel obliged to protect this earth", Merkel declared.

"Climate protection can be pushed forward in an effective and competition-friendly way only by all states", said DIHK President Eric Schweitzer. It hurt us economically.

Under the executive order, Pittsburgh will continue working toward clean energy climate objectives, including 100 percent renewable energy consumption for municipal operations by 2030. But the only way to meet emissions targets in the agreement with coal is by using clean coal.

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