Existing climate efforts expected to keep USA goals on track

07 June 2017, 11:03 | Noah Barnes

Existing climate efforts expected to keep USA goals on track

California Governor Jerry Brown and Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang attend International Forum on Electric Vehicle Pilot Cities and Industrial Development in Beijing

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement on June 1 was terribly misguided, and his justification for doing so was misleading and untruthful.

"China is making a substantial contribution, as are other places in the world, and we are stepping up the effort", Brown said.

Despite some Republicans saying the Paris Agreement would hurt the USA economy, some business leaders and analysts disagree with Trump's withdrawal.

"It is clear that those advocating for greenhouse gas regulations will use the Paris Agreement as a legal defense against your actions to rescind the Clean Power Plan if you decide to remain in the Paris Agreement", read the letter by the 22 senators, including Senate Majority Leader Sen.

"He vaults over the parochial sense of governor to governor and he vaults into the world of state to nation", said Orville Schell, director of the Asia Society's Center on U.S.

Trump announced the United States exit from the 190-plus nation pact last week, drawing strong criticism from allies in Europe who vowed to turn to China and other countries as partners to implement the 2015 deal.

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The pair met soon after the top USA diplomat in China resigned, allegedly in protest of Trump's Paris decision.

Brown is in China this week and attended a Clean Energy Forum on Tuesday in Beijing.

California and China are both investing heavily in wind energy. It is the leading producer of clean energy in the country.

"Hosting the ministerial is a big statement about where China has pledged its future and a kind of assertion of leadership", said Isabel Hilton, a founder of Chinadialogue, a website that focuses on environmental issues.

Trump's decisions in office haven't been received with open arms by the public, and the move to pull out of the Paris agreement is no outlier. China and the Obama administration negotiated the deal, and China has vowed to stay in it.

This decision puts us not as a global leader in the world's new job-creating, growth industry - renewable energy; it puts us with Syria and Nicaragua, as followers. "I don't know of a single Fortune 500 fossil fuel company that is pushing for withdrawal". It's not a given that these bills will pass-California has struggled this year to address negative pricing and imbalances in the electricity market that have made regulators worry about upsetting the boat too much with new renewable energy-but if they do pass, it would send a signal about the urgency with which lawmakers are willing to address climate change. Leaders of some cities and states have said they'll follow the agreement anyway.



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