Governors Urge US President Not To Withdraw From Paris Climate Deal

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 8, 2017

Twelve state governors, including those rich in shale natural resources, signed a letter to President Donald Trump requesting continued alignment with the global climate agreement.

Mr Light said a decision about whether to withdraw will likely be made before the Group of 7 summit, which Mr Trump will attend late this month in Italy.

President Donald Trump has yet to determine whether he will keep his campaign promise to withdraw from the deal.

The UK played a leading role in the complex negotiations that resulted in almost 200 nations making the unprecedented commitment to tackle global climate change, signed in Paris in December 2015.

Trump has previously promised to get the US out of Obama's Paris deal, but he's more recently indicated that he's listening to all perspectives.

Four US sources briefed on White House meetings, who asked not to be named, told Reuters on Tuesday that opponents of the 2015 accord to cap greenhouse gas emissions had won the upper hand in recent days about whether to pull out or remain in the accord with a reduced commitment.

Allowing the United States to change its target for political reasons, she said, would encourage other countries to follow suit and would damage the deal's signal to the broader global economy. European countries and pro-Paris administration officials have urged the president to stay in the agreement. He proposed a nominally stronger one, like perhaps a 28.5 percent cut compared with 2005 levels, rather than the 26 to 28 percent reduction.

"The world needs America's leadership to combat the dangers posed by climate change", said Kaine".

The U.S. delegation will be led by Trigg Talley, the U.S. deputy special envoy for climate change.

"No one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the USA who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris", Mr Kerry said then.

It would result in increased USA electricity expenditures of 15-20 percent over the next decade, 400,000 fewer American jobs, a total income loss of over $30,000 for an American family of four, and a loss of over $2.5 trillion in US gross domestic product.

The confusion over the sentence has left many environmentalists taking the surprising view that the U.S.is in fact able to revise its commitment downward, even if that's not in keeping with the spirit of the deal - because, to them, anything is better than the USA withdrawing entirely.

One of Trump's campaign promises was to pull out of the agreement, which he called "bad for USA business" and alleged would allow "foreign bureaucrats control over how much energy we use".

The 2017 Peoples Climate March was the second such event, as activists previously gathered to advocate for action against climate change in New York City, N.Y., on September 21, 2014.

"They want to make it look like the US legally has to leave, or otherwise it won't be able to weaken its target", he said.

Although the administration's responses did not make Trump's intentions clear, they suggested little interest in participating in the assessment process so member countries can keep an eye on each others' progress. State, city, and local governments play a crucial role as well.

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