Climate decision could accelerate damage to Trump properties

10 June 2017, 07:05 | Andres Norman

The Paris agreement commits the U.S. and other countries to keep rising global temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement last week and in response the Mayor has signed two letters acknowledging his and the City Councils' support of the global climate agreement and its goals.

Keyserling said the issue wasn't partisan and that City Council hasn't considered the petition. During the four-day meeting, China launched a number of initiatives to advance clean energy and announced partnerships with other governments around the globe to fight climate change.

"When we have a world where the president of the most powerful country says climate change is not only a hoax but a Chinese hoax, you know we're in big trouble", Brown said to applause. Mayors in Anderson, Charleston and Columbia have signed their support, as well as University of SC president Harris Pastides, Furman president Elizabeth Davis and the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

"While we all have to think globally, we must act locally", he says.

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Conservative members of the NC House said that while the economy is priority No. 1, they aren't ignoring the environment, citing House Bill 589, which would ease some of the subsidies and mandates for the renewable energy industry. The accord is a landmark worldwide commitment to limit climate change below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F), a risky ecological "tipping point".

President Trump has sworn to revive the coal mining sector and said "millions" of jobs would be lost if the United States stuck to its Paris Agreement commitments on curbing emissions principally from burning fossil fuels such as coal. By declaring that "we are still in", the signatories are putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government. Science is clear that we have a limited window to reduce emissions before impacts become irreversible.

Trump said on Thursday that the landmark 2015 climate agreement threatened millions of jobs and productivity, and that he would start a multi-year process to withdraw from the deal, which has been signed by nearly every other nation on Earth. Though the details and deadline of this proposal are limited, thousands of American mayors and state Governors have insisted that they would be following the Paris Accord at a state and city-wide level. "While it does not have the force of law due to it not being adopted by the United States Congress, it is more of an ethical and moral obligation, not only to the other nations of the world, but to future generations of children, and even children of America who are alive today, who will be severely impacted by this decision".

World leaders immediately reacted to President Trump's move. The other major powers will all stick with the commitments they made in Paris 18 months ago, because they are all really frightened by what will happen if they don't. We're all in when it comes to climate action.

Make no mistake: If President Trump won't lead, everyone else will.



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