Harvard scholars react to exit from Paris climate accord

And that will increase U.S. GDP $75-80 billion annually (citizensclimatelobby.org) while phasing out fossil fuels, globally within the next decade (Newsweek), which is about all the time we have left.

President Barack Obama signed on to the 2015 Paris Agreement on behalf of the United States in August 2016; however, it was the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the concept was established that all nations have a role to play in combating climate change.

Bishop John Arnold of Salford has said that Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate agreement is an "abdication of responsibility" that puts him on the "wrong side of history". "Today's action of reaching consensus makes clear that the Paris Agreement is not the only mechanism by which environmental stewardship can be demonstrated", said Pruitt. We are the example of what the Paris agreement could mean for jobs and the economy in the United States.

No one was more in favor, though, than Patrick Oliva, a long-time Michelin executive (he is no longer with the company) and a co-founder of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC).

Polls show a majority of Americans oppose a Paris withdrawal - the latest, a Reuters-Ipsos survey conducted in the first week of June, found 68 percent of Americans want the U.S.to lead the fight against climate change.

Fortunately for millions and millions of us seniors, Trump said "no". And lower than 1.5 degrees Celsius in the future.

The resolution notes county buildings use electricity from clean sources or purchase carbon offsets for buildings that use heating oil and natural gas. Last month, he tried to hold himself up as the smartest person in the world, turning his back on virtually the entire planet as he announced plans to remove the United States from the global Paris Climate Accord.

- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, complained that the treaty should have been ratified by the U.S. Senate, but instead of urging such ratification, argued - head-scratchingly - that abandoning the accord was "a solid first step in reasserting the role of the U.S. Constitution in global affairs and domestic issues".

In a statement, the EPA said the USA had "reset the climate change discussion" at the G-7 meeting and stressed that it was a party to the 15-page communique, except for the four pages dealing with climate change and financing for sustainable development. Tillerson and others had been vocal about staying in the agreement, while Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said publicly he wanted the U.S.to withdraw.

Gove, who has himself come under criticism for voting against measures to prevent climate change, said the Paris Accord was "a significant step forward". The pledge signed by Canada, France, Japan, Germany, Italy and Britain was incomplete because the United States refused. Nevada cities, states, and businesses should join this alliance and move toward a healthy climate and a sustainable, prosperous future rather than looking backwards as President Trump would have us do. Tillerson himself said during his confirmation hearings in January that the threat of climate change requires a global response and that it was important for the U.S.to remain a part of the 195-nation deal. Then there are the economic benefits of developing a clean-energy economy - also ignored by Trump.

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