Nike Issues Statement on Donald Trump's Withdrawal from Paris Climate Deal
Jun 04 2017 by Irving Hamilton
PARIS, June 2 USA cities, states and businesses can fulfil commitments made by the United States under the Paris climate change agreement even though the US has withdrawn from the pact, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Paris.
Or more precisely, four years from the date the agreement was signed on 4 November 2016 - which takes us to exactly one day after the next USA presidential election in 2020. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reports that a majority of voters in every state say that the USA should participate in the Paris Agreement. I don't know what it means to deny the climate.
One of the reasons climate change is such a tough problem to solve is that it requires all countries to cooperate to reduce their emissions - and to make sure no one cheats.
In fact the global outcry at the USA exit just might concentrate other countries' efforts in the pursuit of the targets laid down in Paris.
The foundation will provide the $15 million commitment the United Nations climate change secretariat will lose from Washington to ensure there is no disruption in their work, he said.
The Paris Agreement, which will be fully operational by 2020, is premised on contributions determined by countries themselves, towards collectively agreed global goals.
The European Union and China displayed a united front over the need to fight climate change while revealing nagging differences over the path to deeper trade and investment ties. "With the Green Fund approving climate change projects in developing countries, the loss of the "notional" $2 billion is bound to sting", said Indrajit Bose, senior research officer, Third World Network, a non-profit working on issues related to climate change and sustainable development. These actions by Trump are as if a president in the early 20th century attempted to prop up the horse-and-buggy industry while dissing the automobile revolution.
On Friday, a host of US states, cities, and companies vowed to live up to the terms of the deal. Almost 30 cities across the country, from Orlando to Salt Lake City, have committed to getting 100% of their energy from renewable resources as part of a Sierra Club coalition.
China is the world's top polluter but also its biggest investor in renewable energy and it has pledged to reduce its reliance on carbon-belching coal and clear the toxic smog from its cities.
Second, states should use regulations to promote clean energy and, where possible, invest in it.
Speaking to European business leaders alongside Li, Juncker said EU-China ties are underpinned by "a rules-based worldwide system". And in doing so, Trump has given voters the opportunity to speak out on climate change in a way they rarely have.
By taking these steps, America's cities, states, and businesses can do their part to avert a climate calamity for humanity. He then read aloud a passage in which Stephens understated the findings of a 2014 United Nations climate report, a mischaracterization that forced the Times to append the article with a correction. Such a step would produce some benefits, but nearly certainly not as many as if the United States had a national carbon market. States, cities and communities across much of the US are staunch supporters of action, irrespective of federal leadership. "Only I can do that", Schwarzenegger said, as former Terminator. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice.
Other countries have said they have no plans to reopen negotiations.
But the opposition was just as strong within the US.