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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

President Trump announced Thursday that he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, signed by nearly 200 nations to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

In his exit, Trump has likely put the accord into jeopardy, as the U.S. is the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world next to China. Per capita, the U.S. is the seventh biggest emitter, after major oil- and coal-burning nations like Qatar and Australia. But cumulatively speaking, the U.S. is the country that has pumped the most greenhouse gases into the atmosphere over the decades.

These facts, environmentalists argue, mean that the U.S. should shoulder the biggest responsibility for mitigating the effects of climate change. But Trump has shirked that responsibility, a move that could weaken other nations’ commitment: If the world leader in carbon emissions won’t curb its own, why should other countries, which emit far less?

By withdrawing from the Paris agreement, Trump has managed to fulfill at least one of his campaign promises (his plans to build a wall on the Mexican border and repeal Obamacare have faltered so far). He has also gone against the will of the American people: By more than 5 to 1, voters have said that the U.S. should stick with the agreement. A nationally representative survey conducted last November by George Mason and Yale universities found that seven in 10 registered voters say the U.S. should keep its pact. Only 13 percent said the U.S. should quit it.

The Paris agreement has received strong support not just from environmentalists and the majority of American voters, but also many Fortune 500 companies like Apple, Morgan Stanley and Unilever, which signed a full-page ad in the New York Times supporting the deal. In addition, Pope Francis urged Trump to stay in the agreement, giving the president a copy of his papal encyclical on climate change when the two men met recently at the Vatican.

Ceding clean energy sector to China

Trump’s decision is a win for the White House’s nationalist camp: Chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt both contended that the Paris agreement would hamper the president’s goals for domestic energy. Their hopes may be misplaced, as the coal industry, which Trump strongly supported strongly the campaign, is experiencing an irreversible decline.

“Across the decades that energy investments stretch, the global move is clearly towards low-carbon and around the world coal is in freefall,” writes the Guardian’s environment editor Damian Carrington. “A Trump blip is highly unlikely to see companies make billion-dollar bets on coal. Furthermore, with the costs of solar and wind power plummeting by 85 and 66 percent respectively since 2009, many U.S. states and cities see clean energy as the future, whatever the current federal administration thinks.”

Meanwhile, the president is risking ceding renewable energy dominance to China, which has overtaken the U.S. as the number-one spender on clean energy, attracting more that $65 billion in investments in 2012, a 20 percent increase over the previous year, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

“When George W. Bush announced in 2001 that the United States would not ratify the Kyoto Protocol, it led to a lost decade of U.S. action on climate change,” said Noah Sachs, a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and a law professor at the University of Richmond. “Now, President Trump’s decision will lead to a lost century on climate change, where the U.S. will give away the store to the Europeans and the Chinese, who are eager to lead the clean energy revolution.”

Paris accord: job-creator or job-killer?

In his announcement today, Trump argued that abandoning the agreement would be a victory for the U.S. economy, but many economists disagree.

“Withdrawing from the Paris agreement is hardly going to create jobs in the U.S.,” Cary Coglianese, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and editor of the book Does Regulation Kill Jobs? told ABC News. ”While specific environmental regulations can sometimes lead to job losses, they also can and do lead to job gains—with the result being roughly a wash.”

“The Trump administration is buying a fallacy that responding to climate change will hurt the economy,” said Ben Lilliston, director of climate programs at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. “In fact, it is the cost of not responding that will hurt the most. In the U.S. and elsewhere we are seeing emission reductions combined with economic growth.”

Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union, which has 2 million members in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, said Trump’s decision is essentially “killing the creation of new industries and jobs that could give communities the boost they need to thrive in favor of corporate polluters who want to pad their bottom line on the health of our communities.” She noted that in the U.S., “clean energy jobs vastly outnumber fossil fuel jobs, with solar and wind energy at the forefront.”

It should be noted that Trump did mention reentering the agreement: “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers. So we’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair.”

Trump’s withdrawal ‘verges on criminal’

The response from supporters of the agreement was harsh and swift.

“President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord is a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet’s future,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “In walking away from this agreement, the president is denying scientific truths, removing safeguards that protect our health and our environment, protecting polluters and their dirty energy agenda, and threatening our national and global security.”

“By abandoning the Paris Agreement, Trump continues on a reckless path of pretending that the dire threat posed by climate change is no more lasting than a tweet,” said Sachs. “It’s one thing to campaign on a know-nothing platform on climate change that denies scientific reality, and another altogether to govern that way. If ever there was a moment for Donald Trump to listen to the consensus of scientists and 195 parties to the Paris Agreement, this was it, and he failed.”

Given the powerfully harmful impacts the withdrawal could have on current and future generations, Nigel Sizer, president of the Rainforest Alliance, said that Trump’s decision is tantamount to criminal action. “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to human civilization,” he said. “That is not in question. To tear up the U.S.’ commitment to climate action … is more than irresponsible—it verges on criminal, and will be noted as one of the low points in U.S. policymaking for decades to come. It also does not reflect the views of the American people—70% of Americans believe global warming is happening right now.”

Trump’s decision is a blow to farmers and rural economies already battling increasingly extreme weather due to climate change. “Perhaps no sector is more vulnerable to climate change than agriculture,” the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Lilliston said. “The president’s decision to turn his back on global efforts to address climate change will hurt farmers in the U.S. and around the world. It is inexplicable and in willful denial of the urgent challenges already facing farmers and rural communities.”

The withdrawal is also bad for human rights. Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said in a statement:

“Let there be no doubt, President Trump’s expected decision to withdraw the USA from the global climate deal is an assault on a range of human rights putting millions of people’s lives and wellbeing around the world in severe jeopardy. By refusing to join other nations in taking necessary steps to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change, the President is effectively saying: ‘Let them drown, burn and starve.’”

Climate-Denier-in-Chief could ruin global climate fight

There is an even more sinister aspect of Trump’s withdrawal, as the U.S. will remain part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty adopted in 1992 to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations, and could play the role of spoiler.

Kelle Louaillier, president of Corporate Accountability International, said that Trump’s withdrawal doesn’t mean the U.S. is simply walking away from the global climate table. “In fact,” she said, “this move [will] almost guarantee that the Trump administration will exploit the rules of the Paris Agreement, which allow the U.S. to stay at the table for the next four years, to continue to undermine and block climate progress.” She added, “This decision will have far-reaching implications for people, the planet and the future of the Paris Agreement.”

While the focus in the coming days will undoubtedly be on the specific impacts Trump’s decision will have on the future of the agreement, the environment is on the president’s chopping block in myriad other ways, from announcing a budget that would slash the EPA by nearly a third, to eliminating the Superfund toxic waste cleanup program and opening up the pristine Arctic Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

Redoubling efforts: Environmental movement 

One upside to Trump’s decision may be the further galvanization of the environmental movement, from activists on the ground and green-minded corporate leaders to elected officials like California governor Jerry Brown, who delivered a stern rebuke to Trump in his State of the State speech earlier this year, during which he cast the Golden State as a “beacon of hope to the rest of the world.”

Brown pointed out that “whatever they do in Washington, they can’t change the facts. And these are the facts: The climate is changing, the temperatures are rising, and so are the oceans. Natural habitats everywhere are under stress.” Just minutes after Trump’s inauguration, California regulators released a proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

“President Trump cannot stop the growing local movement toward clean energy or the broader international effort to stabilize our global climate,” said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “Locally, states are moving faster toward clean energy than ever before because of Trump’s criminal rejection of climate science and sound policy.” He pointed out three recent, major pro-climate moves made by state and district governments: Virginia’s announcement of the state’s first-ever carbon cap on power plant pollution, Washington, D.C.’s moved toward a citywide carbon fee that cuts pollution while boosting individual incomes, and Maryland’s fracking ban and approval of the nation’s largest offshore wind farm.

If Washington won’t fight climate change, the battle lines will be redrawn along regional, state and local community lines. Perhaps Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement will redouble efforts outside the Beltway. “If we don’t stop him now,” said Karpinsky, “there’s no telling how much harm he will do.”

“Trump has made his decision and we’re making ours—the rest of the world and the majority of Americans who support the Paris Climate Agreement will stand by it,” said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org. “We won’t be dragged back by a shortsighted and destructive fossil fuel puppet in the White House. … We can use the next four years to show that everywhere across the country the transition to renewable energy is underway and creating tens of thousands of good paying jobs in the process. This was always up to us, and we must ensure we meet the challenge.”

Reynard Loki is AlterNet’s environment and food editor. Follow him on Twitter @reynardloki. Email him at reynard@alternet.org.

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27 Responses to Trump Pulls Out Of Paris Agreement, Endangering Future Generations And The Planet

  1. One would think that by now Trump never had any concerns for others. Ever since he started working for his father at a young age, he has moved further and further from what one should expect from anyone who is decent, noble in character, compassionate, and above all–selfless.
    Donald could care less about the fate of others because he is focused foremost on taking care of himself. And many Americans, strangely, are in tune with Trump’s godless approach to being human. And since many Americans who support Trump have the same disregard for Religion—though they probably attend church every Sunday for show—Trump knows that all he has to do is to feed them what they think they’re most in need of. And that’s a job, regardless of whether the job proves to be hazardous to their children and grandchildren.
    China recognizes the health risks its coal-fueled factories are posing for the people in the areas most immediately affected. And to their credit, the leadership there is concerned about the health of the current generation and their children. Trump, the GOP, and the fuel industry lack that same sense of care for the health of American citizens.

    And so, we’re left with a blind and tone-deaf Congress being led and directed by an anti-science, blind, and tone-deaf zealot, who only knows about how to make more money for himself and his cronies. Plutocracy on steroids.

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  2. While the dire predictions about the effects of global warming are based, partly, on hypothesis there is no question that the threat of global warming on life on Earth is very real, and must be addressed immediately. It really does not matter whether global warming is caused by a cyclical natural phenomena. There is no longer any doubt that it is being aggravated and accelerated by man-made carbon emissions and widespread pollution. Doing nothing is simply irrational and irresponsible. Unilaterally, reneging on a commitment signed, for the first time, by 195 nations is not only irresponsible, it cedes the leadership role the USA has had, and benefited from, since at least the end of WWII. The same goes for the damage done to NATO, an organization we have used to justify our adventurism, and seek international consensus and support whenever we needed by invoking Article 5, the same article that we now refuse to comply with. The rationale being used for the reckless foreign policy we are seeing, which rewards the homeland of the 9/11 terrorists, and repeatedly criticizes and insult our closest allies, only benefit our adversaries and contributes to a loss of credibility the likes of which the Free World has not seen during the last several decades. The saddest part of this situation is that more than 1/3 of the population of the USA condones and supports what is happening, in part because they loathed the presence of a black man in the Oval Office, because they believe the role of a woman is to have children and cook dinner, and because for them science is an evil concept, and because they love to denigrate and reject change, and because they want to stop the social and cultural changes that are taking place in the USA. Greatness for them is a return to an era that ought to belong in the annals of history, and rejected by all. With China already negotiating a post-USA era, and actions to be taken, with EU leaders, and the USA engaged in white nationalist practices, and petty vendettas, the only thing to watch is who emerges as the new leader of the Free World. At the moment it seems it will be either China, Germany, or France.

    • The new leader of the free world is the United States because of President Trump, not the so-called leader that drew fake red lines. President Trump said he open to a new deal, but countries that want the United States to pay the whole damn bill are opposed to a new “deal”. Why are China and India exempt from paying and following the rules? You are starting to sound like Hillary. How stupid can one get when they want to accuse Americans of hating every person in the world that is not white, and hating seniors, and children. The left now sees everything they don’t like as racist, sexist, bigotry, hate speech and every other dumb ass thing they can think of. All the whining is not helping anything. Democrats have lost 1000 government seats in the last 8 years, why is that. Hillary just lost a election she could not possibly lose. Maybe people want our elected leaders to put America first and not last. Maybe Americans are sick and tired of sending millions to the Paris accord and not knowing where even 1 cent of it went. Keep draining the swamp Mr. President.

      • I thought I just heard a figure of 18 billion dollars America just put back in our coffers that would have gone toward financing this treaty. That’s a lot of money that can be used to help finance some of those useless liberal handout programs.
        Liberals are seditious, lying, hypocritical , anti American treasonous commies that , hopefully, will be deported or jailed for their actions and criminal behavior. They are domestic terrorists that have no place in America.

        • I agree with you, except it is not a treaty. It was a “deal” signed by Obama. A treaty has to go through Congress and get approval. Obama know he couldn’t get approval for this give-away-program, so he signed a agreement that has no legal standing in the US.

        • You “thought” you “heard”?
          LOL Could you please be less specific?

          How about doing some basic research using Google and about 5 mins of your time.
          You might find out things like:
          – The Paris Accords are non-binding.
          – You get to choose your own goals as a country. So even if you think there will be costs you can eliminate them.
          (Yes… dumbf**k… Trump could simply have reduced or eliminated the targets set for the US. But no… F**kface Von Clownstick wanted to show he was the biggest kindergartener in the room.)
          – Clean power is creating jobs faster than any other industry sector in the USA.
          – There are potentially trillions to be made in manufacturing and selling solar and win power to the world. Trump has now given the bulk of this potential profit up to China.
          – Putin wants the Paris Accords and Climate Change action to die so he can sell all the oil Russia still has in the ground… Yes. Once again. Trump does what Putin wants. Is anyone surprised?
          – Coal is dying. It has been since the 1970s. Look at a graph sometime.
          – Oil is dying. It has been since the 1990s. Look at a graph sometime.
          – Gas is on the rise at the moment in the USA… and is the thing that is killing Coal and Oil. Mostly due to Obama’s policy of massively increasing frakking on US soil.
          – California has a carbon tax and their economy has only grown. It has been so successful they are replacing it will an upgraded version, and other states are about to copy their progress.

          You understand basically nothing.
          Because you stubbornly refuse to learn anything that doesn’t confirm your ignorant, racist, anti-liberal biases.
          As such you’re a troll.
          Because you contribute nothing.
          And you contribute nothing because due to being programmed to spout other’s lies without critical thought, you basically are nothing.

          You’re a parrot.
          You’re a tape recorder.
          You’re a waste of oxygen.

          If you like to prove you can learn something new… then answer either of these easy questions:
          1) Are the Paris Accords “binding” and “draconian” or does the USA get to choose it’s own climate goals?
          2) What are the 2 best ways of reducing the total number of abortions in a society?

          Of course you won’t answer either.
          Parrot.

      • Trump’s decision to renege on the commitment made by the USA with the rest of the world had absolutely nothing to do with global warming, and much to do with a strategy by an embattled traitor to rally his base. Developed countries do contribute to the Green Fund to help impoverished nations carry out their goal to address pollution. All developed countries contribute to that effort to various degrees, dependent on their economic resources. The USA contributes 20% to that Fund. A similar circumstance is true with NATO. The USA contributes 22% to that institution, Germany contributes 15%. Abdicating on the international commitments we make does not make us great. It turns us into the laughing stock of the world, and a nation not worth dealing with. Towards that end, China did not waste any time, and spent most of the last week working on a strategy to fight climate change, and mitigate its effects. Defending what Trump did, and putting $$$ ahead of the need to fight a threat to the survival of life on planet Earth highlights the materialism and irresponsibility of most Republicans.

        • Obama made a commitment, the US. There was no treaty, just another plan to take money away from the taxpayers. Obama made America a laughing stock with his BS plans and lies. No body can tell us where the money we have already given to the Paris accord went. The millions we save can feed our citizens, pay for health care for Americans, help the homeless, etc. As our President said he was elected to help the people in Pittsburgh not Paris. If you want to worry so much about survival on our planet, maybe you should worry about North Korea and their nuclear weapons. How about Iran and their nuclear program. It is widely believed they are funding North Korea in building weapons. Nuclear attack from North Korea is a problem today. If they go on with their plans, you won’t need to worry about the planed in 100 years or so.

          • President Obama managed to convince another 194 nations to commit themselves to reduce carbon emissions and pollution to mitigate the man-made factors that contribute to climate change by 2 degrees celsius. That’s leadership. As for contributions, check the following:https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-total-and-or-per-capita-contribution-by-each-country-to-the-the-Paris-Climate-Accord As for North Korea, I probably have more vested on that issue than most NM posters. One of my grandsons is stationed in a small Army base on the South Korean side of the DMZ. The North Korean threat is on my mind every single day. That does not mean, however, that we should ignore other threats.

          • Obama didn’t convince any country of anything. He only got any anyone to agree because he said we would pay for it. How much have we already sent there and we have no ideal where even one cent of our money went. . It probably is building weapons somewhere. The only reason the other countries said there will be no new deal is because they know President Trump won’t pay for everything. I hope your grandson stays safe and out of harms way. I worry about the crazy person in North Korea with nuclear weapons. Their people are starving and eating grass and he is building weapons.

          • President Obama continues to enjoy the same level of respect and admiration he had when he was in office. That became evident during his last visit to Germany, where people applauded his statements, and when Angela Merkel rolled out the red carpet for him, while showing her contempt for Trump a few hours later. The same goes for French President Emmanuel Macron, the President of Italy, and even the Pope who while courteous, could not hide his discomfort. Don’t confuse diplomatic courtesies, and the respect that our allies have towards the USA, and the Office of the Presidency, with respect for Trump. As for investment in arms, they don’t need our money to do that. Look at the what happened in the homeland of the 9/11 terrorists, Saudi Arabia. They came up with enough cash to convince a pathetic, ignorant, narcissistic, insecure man to sell the memory of 3,000 people slaughtered on 9/11/01 for $110B because that would create jobs, jobs, jobs. Thank you for expressing concern about the safety of my grandson. The behavior and provocations of Kim Jong Un are likely to deteriorate to the point that we may no have any choice but to act. I remember the Korean War, and the fact that over 30,000 American troops died there in just 3 years. That lunatic has nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, lots of heavy artillery, 700,000 troops on active duty and 1.5 million on the reserves, and even jet fighters. Short of a massive nuclear attack against NK, a conventional war will make our problems in the Middle East and Persian Gulf look like a child’s game.

          • The only show of respect for Obama is from those that duped him and got money and weapons from him. You are one confusing diplomatic courtesies with respect. We will never agree on Obama and President Trump. I just have no respect for Obama as a man or a President. I hope a war with North Korea can be avoided, but fear North Korea will not have it any other way. That insane leader must be taken out, or we will have nuclear weapons used again.

          • We’re only 4 1/2 months into this and look at the international paradigm shifting already, including opinions toward America from abroad. I shudder to think what 4 more years will bring.

            One can only hope that the world understands this is a relatively short and wild deviation from the norms and practices of American governance.

            The problem there is that given the nature of the American electorate and the whole political atmosphere in the U.S. now, they might also be thinking that the peculiarity of the electoral college could deliver a similar result to this anytime in the future.

          • I couldn’t agree with you more. I spent 30 years overseas, and have many relatives and friends abroad. Most find what is happening in the USA incredible and hard to believe. In part because most are life long supporters of the USA, its freedoms and values. They simply do not understand the dramatic change in paradigm, and the fear that Trump’s rhetoric and actions elicit, which the far right Trump supporters confuse with respect. The most troublesome part of what is happening is the level of support that Trump still enjoys at home. I have heard Democratic party leaders, and most media talking head, opine that his support will evaporate the moment he does not deliver on his promises to repeal and replace the ACA, deport illegals, tax reform, massive job creation, reductions in the national debt, ending terrorism, and investment in infrastructure, which President Obama proposed and was ignored because we, supposedly, don’t have money for such an endeavor. What Trump’s base loves is the fact that they no longer have a black man in the Oval Office, that a woman is not sitting in the Oval Office, that he is still determined to build an ineffective Wall along our Southern border, and that he insults foreigners at will. For them, that represents putting America first, and making us great again. Behind the veneer of righteousness attributed to the evangelicals,and most Trump supporters, there is a mix of racism, fear of change, and hatred of anything foreign.

          • Very well said. I have a feeling that a number of the Senate Republicans are concerned about the new healthcare bill that was foisted on them by the extremists in the House. I think there’s more of an awareness there that taking health insurance away from so many of the Trump base will hurt them next year. I may be wrong.

            If it passes in more or less it’s current form, then convincing the Trump base that they’re really better off now even with health care and so many of their other support systems cut off, will be Fox News’s biggest challenge

  3. President F**Kstick Von Clownface doesn’t actually understand anything… about anything.

    In this case: Despite the other G7 leaders attempting to educate him in doing his own job.

    The Paris Climate Accords are Non-Binding.
    Trump can choose America’s goals. He can change them whenever he wishes. He is free to choose to not have goals.

    China does not have a “better deal”… because they are able to choose their own goals too.

    The fact that President moron doesn’t get this simple fact… OR… is too busy trying to prove that he is the “big boy” in the room by peeing on Obama’s legacy and saying he’ll pull out of something that doesn’t actually place any restrictions on him…. is perhaps the saddest and stupidest thing I’ve seen yet.

    Truly: President Dumbf**k.
    The USA is screwed.

      • LOL
        You trolls are so pathetic.

        Here’s how I came to the conclusion that you’re a pathetic troll… now see if you can follow me here:

        Did JUSTsss do anything intelligent like:
        1) Make an argument? No.
        2) Rebut a point in my argument? No.
        3) Explain their point of view? No.
        4) Contribute anything useful to the conversation? No.

        Conversely, did JUSTsss do anything indicating that they are poorly equipped to argue, or are simply stupid, like:
        1) Use exclusively ad hominem? Yes.
        2) Attempt to distract? Yes.
        3) Use racist/white supremacist labels like cuck, sjw, etc? Yes.
        4) State known Fox News/Right Wing zombie lies? Not this time. But he was obviously pressed for time and only wrote 3 sentences before having to work on his Stormfront article…

        See?
        Troll. And a sad racist troll at that.
        A sad racist troll that doesn’t even bother to understand the Paris climate accord and the deal that the signatories made in terms of goals.

        I can see why you voted for President Snowflake.
        You morons could be twins.

  4. Trump ends Paris agreement, Liberal’s think the world will end. If it does end, it will be the first prediction the Global Warmist’s will have gotten right……EVER.

    Niave Dolts

    • And the champion dimwit of the right-wing fascists of America just keeps on posting one idiocy after another.

      It ain’t just necessarily Liberals who think that what Trump did may well doom humanity, it’s also the mayors and governors with some of them being in red states who agree with that assessment. It’s only low IQ morons such as you lizard who are too mentally challenged to even understand what global warming is really all about.

      It’s dimwits like you who are so clueless you’ll merrily go along your way until the disaster of global warming befalls you and it’s too late to even try to reverse what will surely be your own demise. But then, stupid begets stupid and that’s what you clueless morons are all about – just outright stupidity!!!

      See this article dummkopf from accuweather.com:

      187 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals – from cities in Red and Blue states across the nation

      he President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.

      As 187 US Mayors representing 52 million Americans, we will adopt, honor,
      and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.

      We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

      The world cannot wait — and neither will we.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40a36f9b1914cebf85b67eac2d1d0e426ceb2709281e76b7da216ce06231687d.png

      Mayors from cities like: Houston, TX; Knoxville, TN; Atllanta, GA; Fayetteville, AR; Chicago, IL, Anchorag; AK, Los Angeles, CA; Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Boise, ID; Bozeman, MT; Chapel Hill, NC; Cambridge, MA; Buchanan, MI; Charleston, SC; Chatanooga, TN; Columbia, SC; Corvallis, OR; Dallas, TX. and many more in red and blue states across America.

      http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-politicians-pledge-commitment-to-paris-accord-following-trumps-announcement/70001833

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