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US Mayors pledge to adopt goals of Paris Agreement

02 Juin 2017

Trump said on Thursday that he will withdraw the us from the climate agreement, which was signed by nearly 200 countries, because it poses a threat to the nation's economy.

OTTAWA-Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is "deeply disappointed" with the USA decision to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement. Over 107,000 more Pittsburgh voters wanted Hillary and, by extension, the Paris Climate Agreement.

Trump said in a Twitter post on Wednesday night that he would make the announcement at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) today in the White House Rose Garden, ending his tweet with "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Former president Barack Obama just issued a characteristically articulate response in which he denounced Trump's White House for its short-sighted rejection of the future. They added that it offers "substantial economic opportunities for prosperity and growth" and that they will step up support for developing countries.

Trump somewhat facetiously called upon the "obstructionists" of the Democratic Party to "get together with me" to either "renegotiate our way back into Paris on terms that are fair to the United States and its workers, or negotiate a new deal that protects our country and its taxpayers".

The chair of the Alliance of Small Island States said because of the design of the Paris accord, it's America's prerogative to change its contribution.

As 61 Mayors representing 36 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement.

Trump repeatedly referred to employment statistics during his announcement Thursday, citing job losses in manufacturing, steel and coal industries as unacceptable for the USA economy. "We remain committed to putting our scale and inventive culture to work in ways that are good for the environment and our customers".

Simply put, the private sector already chose a low-carbon future. A year ago at a United Nations climate meeting, Paul Oquist, head of the Nicaraguan delegation, once again explained why the Central American country wouldn't participate in the accord.

He also said that it was US leadership on the world stage - his administration's - that made the Paris agreement possible.

"Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100", Trump said. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is among the 61 mayors in Climate Mayors who signed the pledge.

US Mayors pledge to adopt goals of Paris Agreement