Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Climate action continues despite USA withdrawal

"The cost to the economy at this time (by 2040) would be close to 3 trillion U.S. dollars in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs", said Trump, citing figures from a disputed study commissioned by the American Council for Capital Formation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, both known for lobbying against climate regulations. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, Jerry Brown of California and Jay Inslee of Washington of the creation of the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states pledging to uphold the Paris accord and to aggressively fight climate change.

In response to Trump's withdrawal from the pact, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also pledged to pay up to $15 million to support the United Nations agency that helps countries implement the agreement. The US decision to walk away from a hard-fought diplomatic achievement will make it all that more hard for the US to be seen as a reliable foreign partner, even among its closest allies.

Trump's decision prompted Italy, France and Germany to immediately issue a joint statement stressing that the current deal - a "cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries" - can not be renegotiated. "It's what we do, it's who we are", she said.

"Non-compliance with commitments in the Paris accord by a government which is the second-largest producer of greenhouse gases and is one of the most polluting countries, is unacceptable", said Ghasemi. "Just because the USA got out of a club doesn't mean we aren't going to care about the environment".

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Since the president's announcement, ten governors and 212 mayors have committed to adopting the goals of the Paris accord-including the mayor of Pittsburgh, a former steel town which Mr Trump specifically invoked when explaining his withdrawal.

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.

Speaking at the two-day conference on "Capacity Building of State Disaster Response Force 2017" in New Delhi, Singh said it was a cause of concern for India and the world community if a country thinks only about its own interests. "If we can't, that's fine", said Trump, adding that the new agreement must ensure "fair" treatment to the United States, its businesses, its workers, and its taxpayers.

Since the 1990s, the global community has been engaging in forging collective actions on climate change.

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France and India are members of the International Solar Alliance, set up following the Paris agreement, which aims to generate $1tn of investment in solar power by 2030.

Trump has repeatedly called climate change a hoax, tweeting in 2012 that it was "created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive".

Russia, under the Paris climate deal, has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

"I am sure the United States will l rethink its decision", he said. He also "that the USA has to be responsible for it and that's what we're going to do".

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