Paris pullout: Defiant US Climate Alliance emerges in its wake

Elias Hubbard
June 3, 2017

Exxon, his former company, was on the record supporting the agreement and publicly encouraging Trump not to withdraw. "I said it then, I say it now", he added.

Tapping into the "America First" message he used on the election trail, Trump announced the withdrawal on Thursday, saying that participating in the pact would undermine the US economy, wipe out, weaken national sovereignty and put his country at a permanent disadvantage. He didn't argue that it would affect US efforts to reduce American emissions.

Harold P. Wimmer, national president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said, "Climate change is already harming the health of people in the United States and worldwide through degraded air quality, heat waves, droughts, extreme storms, disease outbreaks and more". The statement said Trump thanked the four leaders for having "frank, substantive" discussions on the issue and reassured them that the USA remains committed to robust efforts to protect the environment.

Announcing his decision, Mr Trump claimed the Paris deal allows countries such as China and India to carry on polluting at the expense of the U.S. economy and jobs.

Environment minister Harsh Vardhan echoed this sentiment. The Paris Climate Agreement aims to keep global temperatures not only from rising, but also to make them drop close to pre-industrial levels. It has been the stand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We have to stop thinking of climate change as something that happens in the Arctic, and recognize it as something that's impacting us at home", says Mr. Buttigieg.

The White House hit back on Friday (June 2) at criticism of Donald Trump's decision to scrap a major global climate deal, accusing Europe of trying to "shackle" the USA economy and refusing to acknowledge climate change is real.

China and India however, who together account for close to 3 billion of the Earth's population, are allowed to increase their coal production, with China building hundreds of coal energy factories and India willing to double its coal production by 2020. There are many other examples. However, Trump would have to convince almost 200 other partners with whom the United States had fought and bartered for over two decades to get the 2015 Paris deal.

"That was done in the absence of the Paris agreement", Tillerson said.

"The Paris agreement is irreversible and will be implemented because it is our responsibility", Macron said following a meeting with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg in Paris.

In 2016, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a non-profit science advocacy group, assessed that 128 coastal military installations in the United States would be threatened by a three-foot increase in sea levels.

"We must acknowledge two realities".

The US President is ignoring much of the world and many of his own people by quitting the accord.

We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders and businesses are joining forces for the first time to declare, that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement. Despite the decision by the U.S., the second biggest polluter after China, to pull out of the deal, many analysts suggest the shift to a low-carbon economy is now unstoppable, with renewable prices tumbling and new clean technology being developed and deployed.

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