Massachusetts Joins US Climate Alliance After Trump Pull Out of Paris Accord


The governors of four New England states - including two Republicans - are joining a bipartisan coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

A comment that Donald Trump made yesterday in the White House Rose Garden when he announced the United States would pull out of the global Paris climate agreement was not based in science.

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. "We are supposed to be a country of innovation, forwardness, bright ideas".

Pomerants said that the European Union has issued a strong message in support of the Paris Agreement by confirming that is it ready to assume the role of global leader in matters related to climate change.

The mechanics of the USA exit are complicated.

United States president Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement was met nearly exclusively with disagreement and worry.

Trump said yesterday (June 1): "Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a 2/10 of one degree - think of that". This means that the country is likely to participate to some degree in worldwide climate talks, just as it did when former President George W. Bush pulled out of another global climate pact ― the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

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In a brief statement on his Twitter account, the 66-year-old executive said he would resign his position on the advisory council as a "matter of principle". Trump is basically alone in the belief that the agreement was bad, and his promises to "renegotiate" it are nonsense.

November 2020 is the earliest possible date for the USA to legally withdraw from the Paris agreement.

Kremlin aide Andrei Belousov said the U.S. move punched a gaping hole in the Paris accord. Jerry Brown (D) said on a press call following Trump's announcement. The United States joins Syria, Nicaragua & Russia in deciding not to participate with world's Paris Agreement.

The U.S. cities and states still planning to follow the goals of the agreement are reportedly negotiating with the United Nations and submitting a plan to officially be part of the deal.

Several American companies ― including oil bigwigs Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips; automaker Tesla; and tech giants Apple, Facebook and Google ― have also expressed their support for the worldwide accord and have redoubled their commitment to mitigating global warming.

Look at how other countries have responded.

The same can't be said for Trump. Several large coal companies urged Trump to stick with the agreement because they believed it would help them develop "clean coal" technologies that are needed for the industry's long-term survival. "The science on climate change is perfectly clear - we need more action, not less".