Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

U.S. will meet its Paris commitments


The US will continue its efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions despite President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate accord, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said on Friday. The bottom line, he said, is that the Paris agreement cost the U.S.jobs.

"Trump is the only world leader who denies climate change and he has made the U.S. a climate pariah, but the world will make progress despite them".

"Americans don't need Washington to meet our Paris commitments, and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way of fulfilling it", Bloomberg said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday (Saturday NZ time).

In media appearances, several of the president's surrogates have also evaded the question, following Trump's decision to exit the worldwide accord aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change. But Pittsburgh plans to step up its efforts to meet the climate goals the president has repudiated. While Trump and Pence have suggested the possibility of renegotiating the agreement, the leaders of Italy, Germany and France have said that won't happen.

"It is imperative to avoid undermining global agreements such as the Paris agreement, which is a global symbol of joint cooperation and has strengthened multilateralism". He criticized the pact as a job-killer that put the United States at an unfair advantage.

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U.S. billionaire, philanthropist and UN envoy for climate change Michael Bloomberg pledged $15 million to support the agreement's coordinating agency if necessary - the sum it stands to lose should the United States refuse to pay its share.

The World Meteorological Organization estimated that US 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. "We know that many in America, including in churches, do not share President Donald Trump's views". Pence called Trump's decision "refreshing".

Several major United States corporations, captains of industry and business groups urged Trump to honor the endangered agreement, with oil super majors ExxonMobil and Chevron among those reiterating their support for the accords. Several of his top aides also opposed the action, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump. However, experts say it's unclear whether they actually can fill the gap left by the Trump administration.

Malloy said that CT is "a national leader in combatting climate change" and has no intention of slowing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under former President Barack Obama, the US had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025.

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto responded to Trump's statement with an executive order recommitting the city government to its goals of cutting energy use by half and getting all its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

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Trump's zero-sum gain perspective on the deal isn't useful.

Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry have cheered Trump's action.

"With respect to the Paris accord, the focus is on the efficacy, the merits of the deal and the demerits of the deal", Pruitt replied.

"Republicans and Democrats alike recognize that the Paris Agreement is about so much more than climate change", Raimondo said.

China, now the world's largest polluter, has emerged as Europe's unlikely partner in this and other areas - underlining Trump's isolation on many issues.

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A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

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