Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Rebel US Governors And Mayors Launch "America's Pledge" To Fight Climate Change

Rebel US Governors And Mayors Launch

On behalf of C40, a network of 91 global cities committed to action on climate change, we are grateful that 19 out of the G20 leaders have listened to our calls and recognise that the Paris Agreement is "irreversible".

In the process, he's isolated our country among the nations allied in the fight against climate change.

"The outcome of the G20 was essentially a rebuke of the Trump administration's position on climate change in general and the Paris agreement in particular". It is interesting that Merkel said cooperation with China is important since the Chinese know something about how development works. "There is a real hope that over time we can actually achieve what Paris has asked the world to achieve, which is to spare the world from unsafe climate change", he said.

The new pledge will record and track those individual commitments and measure their cumulative effect on reducing emissions.

President Trump's performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader.

Following the Trump administration's June announcement that it would officially withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, hundreds of cities and businesses, joined by a handful of states, promised to uphold the country's commitments with or without the federal government. One of the biggest obstacles to worldwide climate action, he says, is the historical notion that "burning fossil fuels is how we grow economies".

"We recognise the opportunities for innovation, sustainable growth, competitiveness, and job creation of increased investment into sustainable energy sources and clean energy technologies and infrastructure".

While common positions on other official summit topics, namely free trade, worldwide finance and fighting terrorism had already been found, the dissent on climate remained right to the end. The Paris Agreement is surely a step in the right direction.

The contentious section had been debated intensively by negotiators right until the end of the summit, European Union officials told news agency Reuters. Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to commit the U.S.to enact severe restrictions on the use of coal-fired power plants, among other initiatives.

Thus, if resources allow, we believe that the issue is so important to our country's long-term survival that the Government should take the initiative in organising a joint SIDS lobbying exercise in Washington to persuade the United States government to re-examine its policy.

While there were disagreements in Hamburg between Trump and the other 19 nations on lots of things, including trade, the main factor in all the end-of-American-leadership talk was the president's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Trump made a decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement arguing that it is harmful to the interests of the country.

With all but one of the group's members endorsing the action plan and confirming their commitment to the Paris goals, a "domino effect" to backtrack from the agreement had been avoided in Hamburg, Greenpeace director Jennifer Morgan told the Clean Energy Wire.

Brown argues that America's Pledge is representative of the Americans who want to move forward on emissions reduction.

The project is expected to produce a report on climate-related efforts and a plan for how cities and businesses can drive down green house gas emissions.

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