Iowa City mayor signs in support of the Paris Agreement

Ivan Schwartz
June 11, 2017

North Korea, one of the most diplomatically isolated countries, called President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord "selfish", "short-sighted and silly".

Protesters accused Trump of becoming a "global threat" and "harming the planet" in signs they held Friday morning at the entrance of the embassy in central Madrid.

"It is time to exit the Paris Accord and time to pursue a new deal that protects the environment, our companies, our citizens, and our country", Trump had said while announcing the sweeping step that fulfils a campaign promise while acutely dampening global efforts to curb global warming.

He went on to say that CARICOM, being one of the areas hit the hardest by climate change, will remain vigilant in its commitment, and is encouraged that the majority of nations are doing the same.

'That incredible diplomatic achievement could not have been secured without the decisive role of the United States of America.

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Since taking office, Trump has sought to reverse several environmental regulations put in place under Obama he said are impediments to US businesses and job creation.

Among those in this region committing to support the Paris agreement is Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger.

Ige signed SB 559 (Act 032), which expands strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris agreement.

Ann Shedd, chairwoman of the committee, said Friday that members of the group had been monitoring statements coming from mayors and businesses who'd still like to move toward the Paris Agreement's goals despite Trump's announcement. The agreement wants to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

"Many of the greatest challenges of our day hit us first, and that means that we also need to be first when it comes to creating solutions", Ige said. California is already working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, and Brown has cast himself as Trump's chief foil on climate policy. "I think everybody's crossing their fingers for that — that there might be a reversal of that decision". "We're saying we're gonna continue with the long-term target".

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