Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

EU says deepening ties with climate pact members after US withdraws

EU says deepening ties with climate pact members after US withdraws

"We've had a lot more discussion amongst governors that it really is time for states to lead on a number of issues".

Others emphasized that while the resolution would be largely symbolic, they believed in the importance of symbolism in facing issues such as climate change.

There were many reactions across the country and around the world when the president announced his intent to back out of the Paris Climate Accord.

"The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action".

There is an apparent shift of leadership on the Climate Change fight from the top US Government administration to the lower structures instead.

Trump, in withdrawing from the historic worldwide effort to keep the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, proclaimed, "I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris". The phrase, which the White House soon after looked to capitalise on in announcing a tour of the USA in honour of the sentiment, was quickly undercut by the mayor of that United States city.

Councilmembers Jim Barrow and Dick Morgan raised the concern that the resolution could, in Morgan's words, see the city "wading into a political conflict, a very public conflict that has nothing to do with Paris, or the climate, or any of that".

The Paris Agreement, agreed on by nearly every country in the world in 2015, aims to tackle climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and sets a global target of keeping the rise in the average temperature no higher than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Council candidate Riley Clubb, who spoke at the meeting in favor of the original draft resolution, wrote in an email after the meeting that "the real value of Paris was the numbers we set around carbon emissions reductions".

"With Donald Trump planning to pull out of the Paris agreement, now more than ever do we need the rest of the world to up its game in combating climate change", Gareth Redmond-King, head of climate and energy at WWF, told Climate Home. We like to think of ourselves as a world leader in democracy, but such moves only discredit American's credibility as a country that plans for future generations.

Since 2015, the college has reduced its emissions by 20 percent, with a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2037; has pioneered the use of renewable energy through the installation of solar power and geothermal HVAC systems on campus; and raised $1 million toward energy efficiency projects. The Paris Climate Agreement was always going to be too little too late, but we have a much simpler, faster, more effective and realistic solution with a global "domino" effect which will make other nations cut their emissions as much as we do or be punished economically.

"From an economic perspective, doing whatever we can to save energy is definitely an economic advantage for us", Soden said.

Such comments amount to "treason against the United States", charges Martin Armstrong, who posts at Armstrong Economics. They will be the ones to benefit from development of new energy sources and the jobs and economic growth that go with them.

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