California governor heads for China for climate, business cooperation


When President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change on Thursday, many environmental, industry, and policy experts reacted not with dejected fear but with optimism that bordered on defiance.

That is in sharp contrast to Donald Trump's speech announcing he was pulling out of the agreement - in which he said the Paris agreement was a deal that aimed to hobble, disadvantage and impoverish the United States, to the benefit of other nations. For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and has been leading research on the links between health and climate change for more than two decades.

"We basically think it's a bad deal for the country".

In Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron turned Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan on its head, saying in a rare English-language statement that it was time to "make the planet great again".

Li also said that China's relations with Europe were more important than ever, given "destabilizing factors" in the world.

France said it would work with USA states and cities to keep up the fight against climate change.

Noting that the U.S. has significant steps to reduce its Carbon dioxide footprint to levels of the pre-1990s, Pruitt said this was achieved largely because of technology, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, that has allowed a conversion to and natural gas and the generation of electricity. "Paris or no Paris, our commitment to preserving the climate is for the sake of future generations", he said.

"I want the world to know that the U.S. will meet its Paris commitments and that through partnerships among cities, states and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process".

"What you have is a president making a nonbinding withdrawal from a nonbinding agreement", said Kevin Book, an analyst with ClearView Energy Partners.

Sylvia Earle, the renowned oceanographer puts it in very simple words: "What we do right now, or fail to do will determine the future - not just for us but for all life on Earth".

Meanwhile, President Macron restated his position that the Paris accord was "irreversible" and would be implemented.

Dyer joined other mayors Thursday in signing an open letter decrying Trump's decision and pledging to "adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement". "We could be witnessing, I won't say the end of American innovation, but certainly a loss of it".

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who is also on Trump's manufacturing council, called the withdrawal "a failure of American leadership".

People hold banners as they protest next to the Brandenburg Gate, beside the USA embassy, against the United States withdrawal from the Paris climate change deal, in Berlin, Germany, June 2, 2017. At least for the globalized companies that sit at the top of the American corporate hierarchy, those dynamics will still hold even if the USA withdraws from the Paris Agreement.

"The president indicated very clearly, that engagement by this country internationally is going to continue", said Pruitt. "I am going to discuss that with the highest officials in China this week".

Can it all be renegotiated?

A withdrawal from the Paris agreement will seriously damage the leadership and global credibility of the United States and have negative effects on other policies as well.

Trump once called climate change a hoax.

Since the Trump administration will fail to reduce greenhouse gases, we will pay the price in military terms. After Trump's shocking statement, the leaders of France, Italy and Germany indicated in a joint statement that the USA could not unilaterally renegotiate the agreement.

"There was that early blitz of meetings with leaders from all different industries and now that's slowed down a bit", said one senior Washington lobbyist who often visits the West Wing but declined to be identified by name speaking about the White House.

Bloomberg was in Paris on Friday, announcing the formation of America's Pledge, a group that will submit to the United Nations a plan for how the United States will meet its Paris commitment, even without the federal government.

What was agreed in Paris?

The Paris accord commits countries to holding global temperature rises to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels, which will require global emissions to be cut to net zero by the second half of the century.

The pullout will align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the accord. "I'd be much more pessimistic if we still had to fight that fight, and we don't - they got it a long time ago".