Trump's withdrawal: Kissing Paris good-bye

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Through executive orders, Trump has sought to promote U.S. economic growth by directing federal agencies to reconsider federal rules that have restricted the development and use of domestic energy resources, particularly fossil fuels that produce GHG emissions.

Schall said Oglethorpe plans to do its part in upholding the accord, including continuing its sustainability initiative, launched in 2008, to initiate and fund new activities related to environmental preservation.

Very little. It will take at least three to four years to complete, and the US pledge under the agreement was voluntary anyway.

The European Parliament this week backed curbs on EU states' emissions to share the burden of the bloc's Paris climate goals and forge ahead despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 195-nation pact. Furthermore, such withdrawal will only take effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt by the Depositary of the notification of withdrawal.

Almost 200 countries, including the USA, signed the agreement in December 2015.

This decision may ultimately prove costly and consequential for the territory and the other coastal communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This is according to Financial Times of the USA.

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"If we're to limit warming to 1.5C to fulfil the Paris Agreement, the Scottish Government now needs to legislate for strong action and a net-zero target no later than 2050". For example, China - the world's largest source of GHG emissions - came to the agreement with the United States on board. (Johnny Andrews/The Seattle Times).

The US is joined by Syria - which has been hampered diplomatically, and is suffering from a brutal civil war - and Nicaragua - which has refused to sign the agreement because the commitments are voluntary, and therefore doesn't go far enough to curtail climate change in that country's view. It is not yet clear what the mechanisms of private individuals and corporations or individual States, as opposed to countries, are to contribute to provisions of a treaty such as this one.

Former President Barak Obama had to work around an obstinate Republican-controlled Congress to find non-legislative tools for climate action.

Since 2015, the college has reduced its emissions by 20 percent, with a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2037; has pioneered the use of renewable energy through the installation of solar power and geothermal HVAC systems on campus; and raised $1 million toward energy efficiency projects. This - is important, for where there is a will, there will inevitably be a way.

The future is bright.

Federal leadership would be most effective, but short of that, many potential solutions lie within states, local governments, industry, technological advances and individual behavior. We have up to 2020 before the USA can withdraw. We also have opportunity to access more support for more projects before 2020. The entire world would be dumping fossil fuels for the cheaper, better option.

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