ITUC Response to US Announcement on Paris Agreement
Jun 06 2017 by Desiree Burns
Italy, France and Germany have issued a collective statement dismissing US President Donald Trump's suggestion of revising the global pact, hours after the latter made a decision to "get out" from the Paris climate accord.
However, the consequences could be significant for the United States if the withdrawal does happen in the end.
In July, city leaders are expected to publish the third version of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, which will likely one-up the city's previous climate commitments.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday renewed his criticism of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
"Why did China and India not have to take any steps until 2030?"
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said China agreed with the EU on the "unhappiness" about America's unilateral decision to abandon the climate agreement. "They know it will continue to shackle our economy", said Pruitt, who serves as Trump's Environment Protection Agency administrator.
Nicaragua and war-torn Syria are the only countries not party to the Paris accord, the former seeing it as not ambitious enough.
"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. The decision was a reversal of the Obama administration's announcement past year that the USA would enter the agreement, and most of the rest of the world has also signed on.
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That amount, however, is relatively small compared to the United States dollars 3 billion the U. S. had previously pledged for the Green Climate Fund, which supports climate-related efforts in developing countries.
Ms. Haley vouched that the president not only believes in climate change but that human activity contributes to it. He criticized the pact as a job-killer that put the United States as an unfair advantage.
Not long after, Musk tweeted that he was departing the council, adding that "climate change is real".
Trump's announcement comes less than 18 months after the climate pact was adopted, the fruit of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Barack Obama's leadership.
"We have taken significant steps to reduce our Carbon dioxide footprint", he said.
On Thursday, he released a video in English as well as French in which he criticised Trump for pulling out of the Paris accord and coined the "Make our planet great again" slogan.
The so-called Paris climate accords set goals for reducing emissions across the globe to stem the predicted effects of global warming.
Many American business leaders have voiced disappointment at Trump's decision to leave, latest among them Dow Chemical chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris, who heads the president's manufacturing council.