Continuing the climate battle, without the US


When President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. was withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, he justified the move by saying "the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States". A spokesperson did not immediately comment for the story, but a website for it appears to suggest that more information is coming later today.

"And I think that anybody in America can tell you that we're best to decide what America should do".

But Mr Bloomberg, now the United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change, said work would continue to reduce emissions despite Mr Trump's statement. "Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States".

Once again, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown his readiness to defy both global opinion and common sense to make a political point.

Amid furious worldwide criticism of Trump's decision on Thursday to quit the Paris climate agreement, White House spokesmen had refused on Friday to say whether the president even believed the climate was changing. The Obama administration submitted the USA plan, but it's always been subject to change.

"Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt", they wrote. Our future on this planet is now more at risk than ever before.

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Many American business leaders have voiced disappointment at Trump's decision to leave, latest among them Dow Chemical chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris, who heads the president's manufacturing council. On Thursday, Mayor John A. McNally said: "Nothing about the US withdrawal would seem to indicate any form of job creation for the city of Youngstown".

The US now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries that are not part of the deal.

The letter was coordinated by a group of organizations including "The B Team", co-founded by Virgin's Richard Branson, and Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has already promised $15 million to fund climate change efforts at the United Nations. But he added that the treaty "was costing us billions to be in it while other countries were not required to do anything".

Oliver made clear that the agreement is not legally binding and that the not required to commit massive sums of money and could instead just "easily refuse to pay the bill" something he said Trump "has a lifetime of practice doing". Almost 200 countries are part of the accord and have agreed to fight global warming by reducing carbon emissions. This means that any action taken by them would have a significant impact on climate. Even energy industry executives know that the better off in global agreements and that they must work with the environmental movement, not against it.

It is imperative that the world know that in the USA, the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says, "How they have a good environment and that signing that specific contract won't help".