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Mayors come out against Trump's Paris catastrophe

04 Juin 2017

They aren't likely to change course.

That is, that Trump is judged by different standards than previous US presidents for doing the same things they've done.

Coal and cement producers say the Paris accord would put them at a competitive disadvantage and that they, too, are taking steps to cut emissions.

The United Nations said America's exit from Paris was a "major disappointment", with a spokesman for Secretary- General Antonio Guterres urging the U.S. to remain a "leader on environmental issues". We regard this challenge as one of the most pressing questions facing society in the 21 century, and one on which we should all be focused. However, Wallace noted that those numbers don't take into account the increase in jobs in the green energy sector. And confronted by the increasingly divergent world views of the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties, many Canadians appear to be readily embracing the latter.

Supporters of the accord, including some leading American business figures, called Mr Trump's move a blow to worldwide efforts to tackle dangers for the planet posed by global warming.

"I don't think we're going to change our ongoing efforts to reduce those emissions in the future", Tillerson said Friday, playing down the president's decision.

"If US-China climate co-operation gave birth to the Paris agreement, now it is up to European Union and China to defend and enhance it".

That war has contributed to the rise of Islamic State, an ultra-hardline militant group that has planned and carried out attacks against the West, and which Trump has vowed to destroy. Together, we will remain actively engaged with the worldwide community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health. Exxon, his former company, was on the record supporting the agreement and publicly encouraging Trump not to withdraw.

He added that China, Russia and India had confirmed their commitment to it.

Most importantly, developing nations abandoned their long-held notion that reducing greenhouse gas emissions was an obligation just for rich countries - the main reason that the George W. Bush administration refused to join the Kyoto deal.

New drilling methods have made gas cheaper, allowing it to replace coal in many USA power plants.

That followed an assessment in the Pentagon's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Report that said climate change "may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict". It began with Trump backtracking on a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "It is often those who are poor who suffer the most because of the neglect of the environment, " he said.

The president's decision should have very little impact on airlines because it's still in their financial interest to fly cleaner - lower emissions are the result of burning less fuel.

China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but also the world's largest investor in renewable energies. "You are going to have to actually ask him". "The (financial) objective is to be efficient". It's revising its city forestry plan to include trees better fitted for a changing climate.

Although less visible in the Canadian context than the US, the choice between dependence on fossil fuel development and investment in a clean energy transition is no less real.