California, New York, Washington state unite to back climate pact

Claudine Rigal
Juin 5, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday defended his boss's controversial decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord and blasted the "left" for taking up global warming - scientifically proven to be the result of manmade carbon emissions - as a political issue.

Blackrock Inc Chief Executive Larry Fink said on Thursday he would continue to serve on Trump's business forum, despite reservations about the White House climate decision because he believes he can add to policy discussions and be a voice for investors. Corporations and state and local officials on both sides of the aisle called the decision a risky move that not only will harm global efforts to halt climate change but also abdicates US leadership around the world.

While China needs European Union technical know-how to reduce the pollution blighting its cities, the European Union is looking to Beijing to take action against emissions blamed for increased droughts, rising seas and other affects of climate change.

"I made the U.K.'s position clear to President Trump last week at the G-7 meeting, as did the other G-7 leaders, and I made the position clear to President Trump last night", May said Friday.

The earliest possible date for America's official withdrawal from the Paris agreement is November 4, 2020 - the day after the next U.S. presidential election - although Trump's current term in office is not due to end until January 20, 2021.

California Governor Jerry Brown, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Washington state Governor Jay Inslee announced a United States Climate Alliance to convene states committed to upholding the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement, which went into effect November 4, 2016, and now has 147 signatories, would have big impacts on global temperatures, climate scientists have said. She said she was there because she is "horrified" and was embarrassed when the president held up Pittsburgh as an example while denouncing the Paris Climate Accord.

Americans believe climate change has already begun.

. Those three states alone represent more than 20% of the country's GDP and 10% of its greenhouse gas emissions.

But the Paris agreement is not as polarising as other climate change issues, and a recent poll by Yale University found that nearly half of Mr Trump's supporters think the U.S. should take part in the agreement.

"If our national government isn't willing to lead in this area", Scott said, "the states are prepared to step up". Our future on this planet is now more at risk than ever before.

"The EU and China are switching to clean energy production too slowly to keep global temperature rises below levels that will cause catastrophic changes in our climate", Kiene said.

The Paris Agreement essentially says that to control carbon emissions and to limit the rise of the world's temperature, it is necessary to take actions that could affect jobs, technology and finances, among other considerations.

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