02 June, 2017
"On the other hand, climate action is unstoppable and I urge governments around the world to stay the course, to remain committed to the implementation of the Paris agreement to the benefit of all of us", he said, adding he was "deeply convinced" that U.S. "states, cities, the business community, the civil society will also remain engaged, will bet in the green economy".
That should be the posture, as well, of US businesses and state governments, including that in Pennsylvania.
As the United States begins the process of withdrawal, a joint EU-China statement on Friday underscored the commitments of both sides to the Paris accord and to "strengthen efforts over time" to combat climate change. Trump declared Thursday he was pulling the U.
"I happen to love the coal miners", President Donald Trump said in a cheery aside on Thursday as he yanked the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, mulling whether he can get to a "big opening" of a new mine in a speech that set him up as one man against the other world leaders when it comes to global warming.
The U.S. federal system endows cities with greater powers than many cities elsewhere in the world. Economists, however, say that the climate deal would likely help create about as many jobs in renewable energy as it might cost in polluting industries.
The Philippines on Friday, June 2, appealed to the United States to "reconsider their position" to withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.
The fact is that, even if the United States had stayed in the Paris accord, it would probably still have met its climate change obligations, thanks to emission controls and a greater reliance on renewable energy.
Anticipating a possible US pullout, officials from China and the European Union - two of the world's major polluters - have prepared a declaration reaffirming their commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement, which is widely considered a landmark deal for bringing together nearly all countries under a common goal.
"We are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris agreement is a big mistake", Tusk, who chairs EU summits as the head of the European Council, told a news conference with Li and the EU's chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker.
One of them pledged to fight climate change on its own and did not sign the agreement because it's not punishing countries who do not play by the rules, while the other is still in a state of Civil War. Pittsburgh, however, isn't sticking with him - at least not on climate change.
But the US withdrawal means it is now under less pressure to bring emissions to a peak substantially earlier than 2030, or to introduce even tougher commitments, as the Paris agreement allows.
Withdrawal opponents - said to include Trump's daughter Ivanka - had warned that the USA global leadership role was at stake, along with the environment.
"I don't care what shade of lipstick you put on this pig, at the end of the day it's still a pig and I'm glad to see this out-of-touch pipedream put out to pasture once and for all", Gosar's statement said.
"We think the Paris accord reflects the widest agreement of the worldwide community with regards to climate change, and parties should cherish this hard-won outcome", said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.
"So if President Trump is going to abdicate leadership, mayors like myself and throughout the country, we're going to step in and fill the void", Stanton said. Whether that support continues is hard to predict; if not, global emissions and temperatures could rise more quickly.