US, China must 'lead the way' on climate: Obama

Marco Green
May 15, 2017

Elon Musk and other titans of the US tech sector are urging President Donald Trump not to pull the United States out of a landmark climate change accord.

Spicer also said that Trump had been meeting with his team "extensively" to discuss the issue.

Obama's signature Clean Power Plan, which would keep the compliance with its Paris promises, suffered a serious blow on April 28 when a federal court accepted the Trump administration's request to suspend a lawsuit by 28 states and over 100 companies, including Peabody. And yet in one poll, 47 percent of his own voters say the USA should stay in the agreement.

President Trump prepares to sign the Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty during the National Day of Prayer event at the Rose Garden of the White House.

The Paris climate pact was agreed by almost 200 nations in 2015 to curb warming by slashing carbon dioxide emissions. They also know, conversely, that opting out will undermine this chance to create jobs and wealth. "Nobody knows what to think", one European diplomat said, adding that Trump might simply want to avoid criticisms from other G7 leaders by delaying an announcement of a USA pullout.

She joined with other administration proponents of Paris, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, sources say, to persuade the president not to meet his self-imposed G-7 deadline.

A State Department official told AFP: "We are focused on ensuring that decisions are not taken at these meetings that would prejudice our future policy, undermine the competitiveness of USA businesses, or hamper our broader objective of advancing U.S. economic growth and prosperity". Disbelief in climate change has become a form of tribal self-identification for the right, an article of faith not subject to factual proof.

This hour On Point, the USA, climate change, and the Paris accord.

The letter ran as a full-page ad in the D.C. editions of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post this week, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, which organized the campaign.

It is unconscionable if the United States pulls out and if the United States stays in but does not support the green climate fund, does not support the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], does not support the commitments that too is unconscionable.
They see Paris as a balanced agreement they can work with.

Macron delivered a pointed dig toward Mr. Trump, calling out his recent threats to deliver sweeping budget cuts to environmental agencies.

But Climate Hawks Vote's R.L. Miller paraphrased the most indecisive character in Shakespeare's canon to note that remaining in Paris would mean a less ambitious US commitment.

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