How Cities, States and Businesses Are Already Fighting Climate Change Without Trump

In withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate pact, President Donald Trump claimed that honouring its terms would cost the country billions of dollars for a miniscule change to the global warming trajectory. When asked if the president has a long-term strategy for combating climate change, the two officials debated who should answer, with one murmuring to the other: "You go".

"We've had over 50,000. coal jobs, mining jobs created in this country" in the last few months, Pruitt said.

The decision to leave the Paris accord is also opposed by the United States business community. "This is an insane move by this president", he said.

Almost 4,000 miles away, Parisian Raphael Angeli said Trump's decision puts him at odds with many of his fellow citizens and much of the world.

Also asked about the President's views on climate change, White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded: "I have not had an opportunity to have that discussion". What is striking about the reaction to the Trump decision is how many business leaders are talking about the economic opportunity that global climate action brings, opportunities that United States could well miss out on.

"This historic partnership to push forward with the Paris Agreement is a significant advance in the fight against climate change".

Climate scientist Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, took particular exception to Trump's comment, tweeting yesterday: "Donald Trump just lied to the world".

While government funding remains vital, Espinosa said, "this kind of support is crucial for the work of the Secretariat to assist nations in their efforts to implement their commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement".

China overtook the United States as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007.

The most humiliating rebuff to the U.S President came from the city of Pittsburgh, which Trump referred to while making the case for ditching the climate change accord saying he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. Massachusetts Republican Gov Charlie Baker said yesterday he made a decision to partner with other states to combat climate change after speaking with Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott and New York Democratic Gov Andrew Cuomo.

Critics of the move include Travis Rieder, a Johns Hopkins bioethicist who was among five experts to analyze what the withdrawal means for the planet, USA business, and the world's poor in an article published by The Conversation.

The $15 million would cover the USA share of the convention's operating budget, according to Bloomberg spokesperson Carl Pope. Already, renewable energy investments like the one at Green Port Hull are employing thousands of people, and export markets are growing.

"If such a major emitter as the USA is not going to cooperate entirely then it won't be possible to agree any deal in this area", Putin said.

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

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