Deans blast Trump's decision to leave Paris climate accord

Olive Rios
June 4, 2017

Trump announced Thursday that the US would leave the global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions saying the pact hurts American workers and businesses. The authors of the piece wrote that withdrawing from the agreement will have "serious, irreversible repercussions for the United States and the world".

"Our cooperation is broad and continues to broaden and strengthen on issues like trade and investment, climate change, the migration crisis, North Korea, and a security partnership in Africa".

Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change, said the U.S. will meet its greenhouse gas targets despite Mr Trump pulling out. In 2008, MA lawmakers passed a law requiring the state to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

He added, "Now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths".

Charlie Baker and Phil Scott, the Republican governors of MA and Vermont respectively, announced that their liberal northeastern states were joining the Climate Alliance and committed to the goals of the Paris agreement, as did their Democratic counterparts in CT and Rhode Island.

Phil Scott is also joining the alliance, which includes California, New York and Washington.

"The American government may have pulled out of the agreement, but the American people remain committed to it - and we will meet our targets".

An article in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post pointed out that the US decision "cedes global climate action leadership to China, which Trump chided in his speech, and the European Union".

Poloncarz says climate change is real, and if leadership in Washington doesn't understand the importance of the Paris Accords, he must do what he can on the local level.

Check out Boston, New York and more cities around the world showing support for the Paris Agreement.

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