Withdrawing from the Paris accord effectively cedes this leadership to other countries. Asked about America’s decision to leave the 2015 climate accord, he said, “The decision by the U.S. to pull out of the agreement was negative”. “North Carolina’s commitment to clean air and a healthy environment will remain a priority despite the lack of forward thinking leadership from the current administration”.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt touted U.S. emissions reductions over past years and said that despite withdrawing from the Paris accord, the Trump administration would continue to engage others, particularly developing nations, on the effort. Climate issues are global challenges.
Lehigh University has joined the growing list of colleges, cities, states, businesses and investors that have declared they will take steps to uphold the United States’ commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change.
In 2015, 197 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement, at the the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC).
The business magnate, climate activist and philanthropist questioned Trump’s decision to put “America First” when there are no barriers to the world’s climate.
The U.S.is a global leader in climate science, and also needs to be a global leader in finding innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“So I think there’ll be a tremendous movement to. keep the fight against climate change alive around the world and in this country”, he said.
The Paris agreement commits the USA 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.
“Certainly the entire time I’ve been mayor and really going back further than that the city of Burlington has always been taking proactive steps to address climate change and renewable energy issues and in some ways this is just a reaffirmation of that”.
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.