US states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

The day after President Donald Trump announced the USA will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, it seemed White House officials were tasked with keeping the president's actual stance on climate change frustratingly ambiguous.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asserted that climate change is "undeniable" as he strongly urged all Governments across the world to "stay the course" and remain committed to implementing the ambitious deal. Underlining India's commitment to protect nature, Prime Minister Modi said:"For the last 5000 years, even when I was not born, it has been the tradition in India to protect the environment". But in a Rose Garden speech, Trump said withdrawal was necessary for USA economic security.

Macron described the Paris accord as "irreversible" and hailed Bloomberg as "a key player in the climate battle". "That's the opposite of leadership".

"The bulk of the decisions which drive U.S. climate action in the aggregate are made by cities, states, businesses, and civil society", Bloomberg wrote in a draft letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), California Gov. On June 2, Mayor Bill Peduto said that he is joining a coalition that intends to uphold the Paris Agreement, called Mayors for 100% Clean Energy.

Eleven months later, Obama and Xi stood together again, this time in the White House Rose Garden - ironically the setting for Trump's announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

"They may feel good about the statements they're making, but it has little to no impact on the worldwide stage", Pyle said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday disagreed with Trump's assertion that his decision was a good move for the American economy.

Ceasar Mitchell, the current president of the Atlanta City Council, said that Trump made his decision not on science, "but on the shouts and screams of his supporters".

The executive director of Montreal-based Equiterre said that was not surprising. Climate Interactive, which tracks global emissions and pledges, estimates that if United States doesn't reach its Paris Accord goal, an additional 0.3 degrees Celsius will be added to global warming by the end of the century. "I'm not sure why Youngstown got thrown into the mix like it did yesterday". "We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities' current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy".

American presidents used to be praised for keeping promises. But he said Trump exceeded expectations around Youngstown because of his personality, which McNally compared to that of Rep. Jim Traficant, who represented the area until 2002. "And I hope that people throughout southwestern Pennsylvania realize that". It's Mr Trump's grandstanding that comes in the way of a more reasonable approach to a global initiative, and his commitment to the US Midwest and other regions which voted him in overwhelmingly, which now sees a reward in his putting American jobs and consumers first. "He talks about helping cities like Youngstown ... but there's not a lot of help coming our way".

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