Climate action continues despite USA withdrawal: COP22 President

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt gave his own view on the subject, saying he believes human activity plays a role in global warming, but measuring that contribution with precision is hard.

The White House says if states and cities want to go it alone, that's OK.

Through crestfallen, Trudeau reiterated to the president "Canada's continued commitment to working internationally to address climate change".

In a piece for the Washington Post in February, Green outlined some of those initiatives, including the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (of which Toronto and Vancouver are a part), which has pledged to cut emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050.

"Climate change is real, and we must act now". Time's Zeke Miller asked.

And each time, they didn't get the answer they were looking for.

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". Underlining India's commitment to protect nature, Prime Minister Modi said:"For the last 5000 years, even when I was not born, it has been the tradition in India to protect the environment".

After the president's speech, the White House arranged a briefing for reporters with two officials but insisted that neither be named in reports.

The Trump administration intends to stop USA contributions to a United Nations fund set up to support the efforts of developing countries to fight global warming. The U.S. Sierra Club, citing Trump's endorsement of what he regards as clean coal, tweeted: "Clean coal, you can find that next to the unicorns and leprechauns". So did Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, on ABC News's "Good Morning America" on Friday morning. Many nations pledged to ramp up their efforts to curb global warming instead.

Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, noted that there are 28 us cities that have committed to 100 per cent clean renewable energy. As the New York Times reported Thursday, the US has promised to supply up to $3 billion in aid for developing nations by 2020 to help them meet their emissions-cutting goals. "I can assure you, France will not give up the fight", Macron said.

Although he wouldn't speak for President Trump, Pruitt did share his own opinions on climate change.

"Global warming is occurring, that human activity contributes to it in some manner. I don't even know what it means to deny the climate, but I would say there are climate exaggerators".

Despite the lofty objectives, when Trudeau signed the Paris accord he was widely criticized in Canada by environmentalists for selling out to an agreement that they said was far too lenient on greenhouse gas producers. While states can determine their own energy goals, they cannot effect other areas of the country whose economy is heavily reliant on fossil fuel production, and who aim to benefit from the White House's recent change of course.

"Well, that's up to them, right?"

But Trump's move has also provoked a storm of criticism in the United States as well. As a nation, if we choose to invest in the relevant research, we have the opportunity to continue to lead, developing new energy technologies that will generate high-value exports and high-quality American jobs - the jobs of the future.

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