Phoenix Mayor Condemns Trump Decision To Back Out Of Paris Climate Agreement

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Trump announced Thursday his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris deal, aiming to end the U.S.'s involvement in a landmark 2015 pact in which almost every country in the world agreed to begin tackling climate change. Trump gets elected. Trump withdraws.

Three Democratic governors said Thursday they won't let the United States back away from a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite President Donald Trump decision to withdraw from an worldwide pact.

Canete also predicted that the European Union would seek new alliances from the world's largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as USA businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.

United States has stopped being the leader of the free world.

Mr Bainimarama who is president of the next major climate change talks, COP23, said it's especially disappointing for people in vulnerable nations.

President Donald Trump is withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.

Meanwhile, the Democratic governors of three other coastal states - California, New York, and Washington - announced the creation of the United States Climate Alliance to continue the provisions of the Paris deal and invited other states to join in. "We need to make him see sense on climate change". Our booming nation's clean energy economy employs more than 3.3 million Americans - more than all the jobs in the fossil fuel industry combined. Trump promised during his campaign to bring back coal mining jobs. "It is good for jobs - the jobs of the future", Brown said.

Around 200 nations, including the US under President Barack Obama's administration, agreed to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as part of the deal.

Chief executive Odd Arild Grefstad cited the growth of renewable energy in USA states such as Texas, New York and California as signs that "the world has started the transition from fossil to a renewable economy". Altogether, the coalition claims to represent more than 1.18 billion people and $27.5 trillion in Gross Domestic Product, or 37 percent of the world's economy. Climate change is real.

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Renewable energy prices will continue to fall as innovation continues and alternative forms of energy gain traction, he continued.

"We will continue to lobby the Americans and the White House to show the leadership they have shown in the past on reducing CO2", he said.

Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, who helped forge the 2015 agreement, said the U.S. had joined a "small handful of nations that reject the future", and that other nations would now reap the future benefits of investment in low-carbon energy.

Reacting to the decision, former Irish president and United Nations high commissioner Mary Robinson said: "It is unconscionable that one of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters would simply walk away from its responsibility to people both at home and overseas, in the interest of short- term fossil fuel profits".

"The commitments we have made are in Australia's interests", Mr Turnbull said while on an official visit to Singapore today.

Others in the business world - even friends of Trump - also voiced their displeasure with the decision. Some 61 USA mayors have vowed to uphold the commitments of the worldwide agreement.

"Momentum is on our side", said Curbelo, co-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus, which has grown to 40 members in a year.

Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out in favor of the climate accord. Sichuan and Jiangsu became the first Chinese provinces to join the coalition in 2015, and 23 more provinces and cities have since become signatories. "Not us", he said.

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