05 June, 2017
Russia President Vladimir Putin suggested there was still plenty of time for world leaders to reach an agreement regarding the historic 2015 Paris climate deal, despite President Donald Trump announcing he would withdraw the USA from the pact.
USA supporters of the pact said any pullout by Trump would represent an abdication of American leadership on a leading issue of our time and would show that the United States can not be trusted to follow through on worldwide commitments. While Webb considers himself a conservative on many issues, he said he is not a Trump supporter.
In the wake of Trump's decision, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto reaffirmed his city's commitment to the 2015 Paris accord and called the president's move "reckless" and "unacceptable".
If Pence needs a reason, NASA has it: A report entitled, "Climate change: How do we know?", noted that "scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal" and that global warming is now happening at a rate "ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming".
Brian Webb, director of Climate Caretakers, a group that advocates for prayer as part of its approach to combating the effects of climate change, said Pence's claim was wrong. Virtually every nation voluntarily committed to steps aimed at curbing global emissions of "greenhouse" gases. Similarly, talk of Beijing as a leader in climate change also overlooks some uncomfortable facts. "Instead of hand-holding, I'll work for a sustainable future for our planet".
White evangelicals overwhelmingly supported Trump, the Republican candidate in November's U.S. Presidential election. The U.S. accounts for more than 15 percent of global emissions and is the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, exceeded only by China.
His comments come after Trump last week rejected the Paris accord, calling it "unfair at the highest level to the United States".
Furthermore, the United States did not need to exit the Paris climate change agreement, its provisions are not binding, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will meet top European Union officials at a summit in Brussels. The White House said the USA will stop contributing to the United Nations Green Climate Fund and will stop reporting carbon data as required by the Paris accord, although domestic regulations require that reporting anyway.
Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea also regretted the USA move and reiterated their commitment to implement the agreement. The decision has no direct impact on major U.S. regulations on power plants and auto rules now aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are now under review by Trump as well. He said the United States will continue efforts to reduce its emissions.