November 19 2017

Climate Change, Trump And The Paris Climate Accord46:10

November 19 2017, 06:54 | Van Peters

Merrill Matthews, guest columnist: Paris climate pact should have gone to the US Senate

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The vast majority of scientists believe that global warming - bringing with it sharp changes in climate patterns - is mainly the result of human activities including power generation, transport, agriculture and industry. As NPR has reported, "the only other countries not part of the agreement are Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua, which argued that the Paris accord did not go far enough to curb global emissions".

In abandoning the pact - one he called a "bad deal for America" - President Trump ignited a firestorm of criticism.

"Does the president still believe global warming is a hoax?". "The same has been said by the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change".

"Nothing about the USA withdrawal would seem to indicate any form of job creation for the city of Youngstown", said Youngstown Mayor John McNally to the Youngstown Vindicator. We must not give up hope. "One man, one country will not change that".

The the world's second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, so Mr. Trump's decision could hamper efforts to cut emissions and limit global temperature increases.

"To everyone for whom the future of our planet is important, I say let's continue going down this path so we're successful for our Mother Earth", she said to applause from lawmakers. Many were poor, unable to pay school fees, and overburdened by child care.

European heavyweights France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement on Thursday that they regretted Trump's decision to withdraw from the accord, while affirming their "strongest commitment" to implement its measures. They will find themselves with less federal co-ordination but alongside USA cities and states.

The Democratic-led states of California, New York and Washington announced separately that they were forming a United States Climate Alliance committed to upholding Paris emissions commitments and urged others to climb on board.

"We governors are going to step into this cockpit and fly the plane", Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told reporters.

Dismay over the Trump's move united both close allies and traditional rivals of the United States, as well as a slew of top business executives and dozens of USA mayors and governors.

The New York Times said that Bloomberg's unnamed group so far includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses.

As one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters, a USA withdrawal would be devastating to the climate agenda and could potentially lead other nations to follow suit.

America has erupted in revolt against President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. "We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities' current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy".

It's unclear if the president has changed his position on climate change, with many of his aides insisting this week that they do not know their boss' position on a key issue that's at the heart of a deal the administration wants to exit.

The President has claimed the deal is "unfair" and will cost millions of USA jobs whilst favouring emerging economies like India and China, something other Western leaders reject. "Sadly for them, the economics, the science, and the people, all agree that the fossil fuel days are over, and that the transformation towards zero carbon is now irreversibly under way and accelerating".

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