Pelosi: Trump's decision on Paris accord 'doesn't have factual basis'

Alain Brian
Juin 6, 2017

With Bowser's order, D.C. joins hundreds of cities, states and companies that have pledged to uphold the tenets of the Paris accord despite Trump's decision to back out. "The president has indicated the climate is changing, it's always changing".

"I don't think we're going to change our ongoing efforts to reduce those emissions in the future either", Tillerson said. "We are convinced that yesterday's decision is a big mistake".

It's unclear whether the president is playing golf, and the press pool said it would file another report when it gets more information about the president's activities.

Local leaders from across the country say they're not backing down from America's commitments under the historic climate accord.

The Paris accord commits countries to holding global temperature rises to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels, which will require global emissions to be cut to net zero by the second half of the century.

"But the fight against climate change, and all the research, innovation and technological progress it will bring, will continue, with or without the USA", he said. "It's good news that the rest of the world is", he said. Without the United States, the world's second-biggest emitter which had vowed to reduce emissions by 26pc-28pc, it increases to 3.6C.

Trump would consider "perhaps a new construct of an agreement" and "wants to stay engaged on the issue", he added, without confronting that fact that multiple European leaders said last week following Trump's withdrawal that the deal could not be renegotiated.

In Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU was "stepping up" cooperation on climate change with Beijing following a summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, while India said it was committed to the Paris accord "irrespective" of the position of other nations. And just last week, the pope met with President Trump and gave him a copy of his encyclical, Laudate Si, which made the case for strong, urgent action to halt the climate crisis. But Kiene urged leaders to translate their words into actions.

China still produces 62 percent of its energy with coal, according to Greenpeace.

"The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a strong proponent of the need to address climate change and we support the Paris agreement, which positions the world's nations, including the United States, to be energy independent, self-reliant, and resilient", Stanton said in the statement.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday questioned U.S. President Donald Trump's sincerity to negotiate a better version of the Paris Agreement.

China and the European Union wrote in their joint statement that they thought investing in tackling climate change would actually contribute to job creation, investment opportunities and economic growth. Bloomberg told French leaders the USA remains committed to the Paris treaty.

Michael Bloomberg, left, with France's President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

The World Meteorological Organization estimated that United States withdrawal from the emissions-cutting accord could add 0.3 degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in a worst-case scenario.

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