After US Climate Accord Exit, State, Local Governments Step Up

Ahead of Trump's announcement Thursday, other top CEOs in the US urged the president not to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Exxon CEO Darren Woods.

The Paris agreement committed countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C. "I am not a believer and we have much bigger problems".

The broad effort, called "We Are Still In", comes days after President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw from the pact, a landmark accord signed in 2015 by roughly 190 nations that seeks to reduce the world's carbon emissions. "All climate change is local".

When asked whether it would help or hurt the USA economy, 37% of registered voters said it would help the economy, and 42% said it would hurt.

"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". The idea of the Alliance is to serve as a way for other states interested in dealing with climate change to coordinate, according to a press release.

During a visit last month to Saudia Arabia and Israel, Trump urged moderate Arab states and Israel to unite against the common foe of Iran.

As many have noted, Trump's decision seems to have been based entirely on ideology - his need for "wins", his need to cater to his base's tribalism, his love of trolling.

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He complained that the United States is asked to do more than others, when in fact the nation has the highest emissions per capita of any major country and its pledges are significantly lower than Europe's.

However, organizers also say their primary goals include getting an independent commission established for the Russian Federation investigations, keeping the public as informed as possible and getting Congress to demand that Trump release his tax returns. "The importance of a global coalition taking coordinated action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to avert the worst consequences of a warming planet can not be understated". However, he neglected to mention that America is the second largest country (at 15 percent) accountable for carbon emissions.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the staff at the USA embassy in Ankara on May 23, 2017.

When President Donald Trump last week pulled out of a historic worldwide agreement to mitigate global warming, he said he did so because it was a bad deal. He bemoaned the fact that the USA was investing money and doing things "to solve a problem that I don't think in any major fashion exists".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says, "How they have a good environment and that signing that specific contract won't help". That's a strong message for Trump who insists he is fulfilling the people's mandate. The Paris Agreement was indeed the only hope to save the planet. "That's like, I mean, that's like O.J. Simpson saying he's going to go out and find the real killer".

Announcing his decision on Thursday, Mr Trump claimed the Paris deal allows countries such as China and India to carry on polluting at the expense of the U.S. economy and jobs.

Trump, who once said "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese to make USA manufacturing non-competitive", cast his decision as one that would save American workers and businesses from new environmental restrictions.

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