The Trump announcement has triggered official withdrawal procedures, a lengthy process that will not conclude until November 2020 - the same month President Trump is up for re-election, ensuring the issue becomes a major topic of debate in the next Presidential contest. Woods' position echoes that of his predecessor Rex Tillerson, now US Secretary of State, who argued for staying in the agreement though he told the US Senate in January that efforts to predict climate change were "very limited", and regarded the issue as an "engineering problem" requiring changes in technology, not energy consumption.
"Anyone who says we have signed Paris because of the lure of money, I reject that as baseless".
But nothing in the Paris accord stops the USA from building coal plants to keep up with China or India. And Hescox has some strong words to describe the impact of walking away from the nation's commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Will U.S. companies face boycotts of their products or will other countries put in place a carbon tax on U.S. imports? The agreement reached in late 2015 is meant to coordinate worldwide efforts to reduce carbon emissions and prevent the world's temperature from increasing by 2 degrees Celsius.
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In short, the agreement calls for countries' cutting down on emissions emanating from the use of fossil fuels, including coal, and adopting alternative sources of energy.
"The Paris deal hamstrings the United States", Trump said. In addition, nations - inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses - came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.
The coalition intends to submit a "Societal Nationally Determined Contribution" to the United Nations, which will be called "America's Pledge" and account for the climate-fighting efforts of U.S. cities, states, businesses, and other subnational actors. Those leaders who may have been reluctant to take action when President Obama was in office will now feel more pressure and motivation to step up and do something.
I thought Trump's decision hit former US Vice-President Al Gore with a hammer. Mr. Gore and Senator Legarda have appeared in fora held in Manila and other venues; he is a champion of environmental causes. On a separate question, slightly more people surveyed say that exiting the climate accord will cost jobs, such as those in renewable energy, than it will create jobs in the coal, oil and gas sectors. As a result, they are looking for other partners and alliances on climate change mitigation and adaptation, including in the area of climate change finance. In a note to employees, obtained last week by Recode, Apple CEO Tim Cook also expressed his "disappointment" with Trump's move. "We applaud this honorable gesture".
So on the three most plausible principles of fairness that can be applied to climate change - equal shares, need, and historical responsibility - the U.S. should make drastic cuts to its greenhouse-gas emissions.
Governors Jerry Brown of California, Andrew Cuomo of NY, and Jay Inslee of Washington state announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a "coalition that will convene USA states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change".