U.S. evangelical green groups pan Trump's climate accord exit

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2017

Trump also cited the possibility of an elimination of manufacturing jobs and economic production in industries like natural gas, paper, iron and steel along the way to reaching to the commitment from the USA - which was to cut its emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025.

U.S. President Donald Trump relies far more than his recent predecessors on advisers with a military background, but his apparent disregard for climate science is at odds with the U.S. military's consensus on the risks of climate change to security. But the evangelical environmentalists said the decision was out of line with Biblical priorities because it would degrade the environment and hurt the poor.

The U.S. military also faces risks less than a day's drive from the White House.

Jason Bordoff, an energy-policy expert at Columbia University, said withdrawing from the Paris agreement would make no difference to the USA energy outlook or economy.

While the move withdraws the world's largest economy from commitments to fight global warming, it does not halt the march of USA businesses toward renewable energy or state and local government efforts. The company said the U.S.is in good position to compete internationally because of an abundant natural gas supply.

President Barack Obama pledged to contribute $3 billion to the fund by 2020 and the USA has already sent $1 billion to the fund.

Tillerson's argument to Trump was that leaving the agreement would diminish US influence in encouraging other countries to reduce their emissions, aides said. At home, the U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposed the decision and said the nation's mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

New York's Bill de Blasio, mayor of America's most populous city, told WNYC radio that he wanted to "surpass" his commitment to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050.

"Today we join the U.S. Climate Alliance to expand on our efforts while partnering with other states to combat climate change.our administration looks forward to continued, bipartisan collaboration with other states to protect the environment, grow the economy and deliver a brighter future to the next generation", he said in a statement.

The Justice Department will take the first legal steps in the "next several weeks" and the United States will immediately halt contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund, Pruitt said. US growth would take a $2.5 trillion hit over 10 years with "factories and plants closing all over our country", Trump said at an April rally in Pennsylvania. Congressional Republicans applauded the decision, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky saying Trump had "put families and jobs ahead of left-wing ideology and should be commended". That aid is part of a collective pool called the Green Climate Fund, as Trump says, which is administered by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, according to the Paris Agreement. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California called it "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future". A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Hence, Trump has ignored the US's historic responsibility for being the world's biggest polluter. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.

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