Mayor of Pittsburgh, Entire World Dunks on Trump's Climate Agreement Withdrawal

In a statement Thursday, BP's senior vice president of USA communications said the company has "long supported" the agreement and hopes the Trump administration "follows through with its intention to find a way for the U.S.to re-enter the accord ― or another mechanism for addressing the global climate challenge ― rather than to walk away from it entirely".

Even Trump's own stated policy goals would be better served by staying in the agreement.

"It made sense he did it from the Rose Garden while we still have roses and gardens", Kimmel said. They warned that failing to do so "puts American prosperity at risk" and pledged to do their part to work toward the goals agreed to under the worldwide accord, namely cutting carbon emissions in an effort to ward off the worst effects of global climate change.

The US can't even protect the interests of domestic fossil-fuel corporations any more, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has pointed out.

But converting coal to gas would also produce more of the carbon dioxide that's the main driver behind climate change, first in manufacturing the gas and again in burning it.

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre was also among those denouncing Trump's action, and Montreal City Hall, like many other local capitals, was lit in green Thursday night to show solidarity with the climate change agreement. That commitment has much of the world now looking to Beijing, which wants to assert itself on the global stage.

CT has already set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are more aggressive than the Paris agreement.

Trump didn't have to exit the climate agreement to live up to his promise to end the "War on Coal". He could just have removed former USA resident Barack Obama's domestic climate regulations such as the Clean Power Plan, which he is doing anyway.

France said it would work with USA states and cities - some of which have broken with Mr Trump's decisions - to keep up the fight against climate change.

The deal is, after all, entirely voluntary, because Republican intransigence meant it could never be ratified by the US Senate. But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the US and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments.

Several major United States corporations, captains of industry and business groups urged Trump to honor the endangered agreement, with oil super majors ExxonMobil and Chevron among those reiterating their support for the accords.

Colombia's El Tiempo newspaper warned that the decision could cost the United States of America "very dearly", while in Brazil, the Folha de Sao Paulo said it had allowed "Germany and China to find each other". Both of those are simply imaginary.

But our withdrawal will cause real harm to United States interests, including those that Trump claims to care about.

"BP continues to believe that it's possible to provide the world the energy it needs and achieve economic growth while also helping to transition the world to lower-carbon forms of energy".

And by any metric, the United States would benefit from other nations transitioning to clean energy. Several large oil companies including Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell had urged Trump not to withdraw. While it tops the world in the amount of energy it sources from solar and wind, its economy remains reliant on energy-intensive, intensely polluting industry. Many policymakers recognize that the decline of coal is due to technological factors resulting in cheap natural gas, and not regulations.

The state has taken a variety of steps to meet those goals, ranging from financing the installation of additional electric vehicle charging stations to make the vehicles more accessible to doubling funding for popular energy efficiency programs that cut down on household's electricity usage.


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