U.S. will continue to reduce greenhouse emissions, says Tillerson

Angie Massey
June 4, 2017

Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., said in a lengthy statement Thursday that the technology giant was "disappointed" with Trump's decision. You're risking the future of the entire planet for a better deal?? But he indicated that was hardly a priority. And if we can, that's great. "If we can't, that's fine", he said.

There is, however, a silver lining to the USA exit, and Dubash said it was important to acknowledge.

Under the Paris Agreement, the earliest a party can give notice of its intention to quit is 4 November 2019, three years after the deal entered into force.

President Trump did say he plans to "renegotiate" or create an 'entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States.' But other global leaders involved in the Paris Accord reacted by saying it wasn't up for negotiation. But the "America Alone" doctrine, which seems to see allies more as a threat than as an asset, clearly can't. "Trump's actions now put this dilemma out in the open".

Under former President Barack Obama, the US had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025.

"Chicago is already 40 percent of the way toward fulfilling the Paris agreement and the goals set".

Led by Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron, they have branded Trump's decision as misguided and vowed to defend an accord they consider crucial to the future of the planet.

On a conference call today hosted by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, New Orleans (LA) Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who serves as USCM Vice President, stressed strong opposition to the withdrawal and explained that the bipartisan organization has taken an active role for many years to combat climate change.

"Over the past decade, the USA has led the world in emission reductions and our federal government had very little to do with it", said former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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With the federal government stepping away from climate action, the burden falls to American state and city governments and the private sector to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Trump can't stop American businesses and politicians from enacting the Paris accord on their own.

Reports suggest Tillerson was one of the advisors who counselled President Donald Trump not to pull Washington from the accord, fearing a blow to U.S. influence overseas.

Both Republicans and Democrats support the policies.

The president, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S. "Trump's move doesn't change that". He argued that walking out of the Paris climate agreement was in the best "economic interest" of the United States, it represented a "reassertion of America's sovereignty", and the only reason why "foreign lobbyists" and "economic competitors" wanted the U.S. to be part of the Paris Agreement was that it would put America to a "very, very big economic disadvantage". "He made very clear yesterday what he doesn't believe, which is that the USA government should stay in an agreement that gives us too much of the financial burden", Conway said. "I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack".

It's important to note the White House decision does not directly impact climate talks at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). "Scott Pruitt is a liar".

Brzezinski did not live to experience Trump's Rose Garden speech this week.

The bulk of the decisions which drive USA climate action in the aggregate are made by cities, states, businesses and civil society. A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Accommodating the USA once again - they also walked away from the Kyoto Protocol - would have sent a signal that any country, at any time, could legitimately weaken an inconvenient pledge. The U.S., the world's second largest emitter of carbon, would have been required to reduce fossil fuel emissions almost 30 percent by 2025. It didn't include all the eventual commitments to cut emissions by participating nations, or assume any continuation of those pledges beyond 2030, says Erwan Monier, coauthor of the study and principal research scientist at MIT's department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

So was opposition from environmental groups.

"I would refrain from judging President Trump right now because it was President (Barack) Obama who made the decision (on joining the Paris Agreement)", he said.

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