Blue States Form Climate Alliance After Trump Withdraws From Paris Pact

James Marshall
June 5, 2017

"Why can't the president just say whether or not he believes in man-made climate change", ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked during an interview on "This Week" Sunday.

Like Musk, many American corporate leaders favored keeping the United States in the agreement - which was reached in Paris in 2015 and signed by almost 200 countries - by asking Trump in an open letter this week to reaffirm commitment to the accord.

Similar to Pruitt's comments on "This Week", at the White House press briefing Friday - the day after Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Accord - both the EPA chief and White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to say whether Trump still believes climate change is a hoax. That's where we spent the last several weeks, focused upon the merits and demerits of the Paris agreement. "He said that he's going to put jobs and the environment first", Pruitt replied.

After President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday, the Democratic governors in California, New York and Washington state announced a state climate coalition called the United States Climate Alliance. Without U.S. leadership, achieving the voluntary targets agreed to by the 195 countries that signed the accord will be far more hard.

Lori Robertson, managing editor of FactCheck.org which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Centre, said there was nothing in the Paris agreement that stipulates which countries can and cannot build coal plants.

She said Canada and Japan had not signed the letter either, but all three countries have the same view that they remain committed to the deal.

"We have nothing to be apologetic about as a country with respect to what we've done in reducing our Carbon dioxide footprint", he continued, adding that the USA still plans to remain engaged. "It is time for all of us to stand up, organise, fight back, and channel our energy into grassroots political action".

Musk, a staunch environmental advocate, took severe criticism for agreeing to work with Trump - but he'd always defended his membership on the presidential councils.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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