Trump's climate doubts ignore US military consensus on risks

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

China and the European Union Friday affirmed their joint commitment to the Paris climate agreement, signaling a shift in diplomatic relations just a day after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the pact.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the us from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Baker and Scott wrote to Energy Secretary Rick Perry last month urging the Trump administration to remain in the pact, and Perry was reportedly one of the officials who advised the president not to withdraw.

"We have a lot of momentum in the U.S.to continue the fight at the state and city level", said Heurtel.

It may be years, however, before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation.

Key challenges include who will take the leadership after the USA leaves the pact, and who will fill the gap in funding that the U.S. should have contributed to the Green Climate Fund, a mechanism to assist developing countries in climate adaptation, according to Wang. "The future of our children and our planet depends on us", he concluded.

The Paris deal "really put an extraordinary burden on the American economy while allowing some countries around the world like China and India to literally go a decade or more without any accountability for reducing Carbon dioxide emissions, " Pence said.

May's said she spoke to Trump by phone "and told him that the U.K. believes in the Paris agreement and that we didn't want the United States to leave the Paris agreement".

Merkel spoke with Trump by telephone about the decision Thursday, then issued a three-minute statement Friday in Berlin that was broadcast live by German television stations. Jerry Brown (D), and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Thursday announced the formation of a coalition of states supporting the Paris agreement, called the United States Climate Alliance.

It found that seven in 10 registered voters (69 per cent) said the U.S. should participate in the agreement, compared with only 13 per cent who said the U.S. should not.

"Yesterday, the government of a great nation renounced its climate obligations, but a nation is not only its government", Macron said. "China is willing to increase cooperation with all sides and jointly promote the follow-up talks on actual detailed rules of the Paris agreement". "We hope that the administration will reconsider this action because the leadership of the United States is crucial in this very important area".

But the White House had to have known it was going to get that question.

"I think the people of Pittsburgh understand that this is a global problem", said Angeli, a 29-year-old digital communications manager.

The vast majority of scientists believe global warming is mainly the result of human activities including power generation, transport, agriculture and industry. Indeed, leading military experts, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, have warned that the impact of climate change will lead to more refugee flows, more starvation, more conflict, and more terrorism. Hence, Trump has ignored the US's historic responsibility for being the world's biggest polluter.

"By denying climate change and failing to act, Trump has put us on a path beset with increased starvation, poverty, disease and death for millions of people in the United States and across the globe".

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