Tillerson says United States will continue efforts to reduce emissions

Posted June 04, 2017

"The bulk of the decisions which drive USA climate action in the aggregate are made by cities, states, businesses, and civil society", Bloomberg wrote in a draft letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

In a fierce rejoinder from across the globe, leaders of other nations and scientists pointed to jobs that could be created in green technology and the edge China could be given as a result.

Intel is the top consumer of renewable energy in the US, securing 3.4 million megawatt-hours during a recent 12 month period-enough to meet 100 percent of its power needs according to EPA. The main road to the U.S. Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia, the world's largest naval base, experiences chronic flooding, and electric and water utilities supporting the base are threatened every time the waters rise. They both appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends".

Gearing up for Trump's decision, Reps.

Speaking at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin said he did not want to judge Trump for his decision, but thought Washington could have remained in the 2015 Paris climate pact by amending the scale of existing us undertakings. "The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs", he said.

Clearly, Trump ignored the fact that U.S. continues to be the world's biggest polluter historically by a long distance even though China now emits more every year than the US.

The President's reasoning that the deal is bad for America's economy and will not help with climate change did not sit well with other CEOs like Sundar Pichai of Google, Aaron Levie of Box, Marc Benioff of Salesforce, and Brent Saunders of Allergen, who've all tweeted about their disapproval.

Rose said the direction of travel "at a company level" was still towards more sustainable products and services.

It may be years, however, before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation.

Three Democratic governors have said 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 global pact.

A long-scheduled meeting on Friday between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top European Union officials in Brussels was dominated by Trump's decision.

USA president Donald Trump's announcement that the United States will pull out of the Paris Agreement was met nearly exclusively with disagreement and worry.

Meanwhile, African nations are protesting Trump's decision.

South Africa called the US pullout "an abdication of global responsibility".

Cary Coglianese, an expert on regulatory policy and the editor of the book "Does Regulation Kill Jobs?" agreed that withdrawing from the Paris agreement was largely a symbolic gesture. India might be "allowed" to double its coal production by 2020 - no country, including the United States is banned from doing this under the provisions of the Paris Agreement - but has no such plans. "Collectively, these actors remain committed to the Paris accord". But the national targets are voluntary, leaving room for the USA and the almost 200 other countries in the agreement to alter their commitments.

"It was a policy decision and I think it's important that everyone recognize the United States has a terrific record on reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions", Tillerson told reporters at the State Department. But the Steel City is hardly in Trump's corner on this one.

"We're living in it, we are operational", said Ray Toll, a retired U.S. Navy captain who conducted a pilot project with former President Barack Obama's White House to examine the regional challenges presented by climate change.

The immediate impact of Trump's move could be largely symbolic.

"At what point do they start laughing at us, as a country?" he asked Thursday, during his major announcement from the White House Rose Garden that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

Germany's powerful vehicle industry said Europe would need to reassess its environmental standards to remain competitive after the "regrettable" USA decision.

As of June 2, 83 American mayors, including those leading the USA six largest cities, have signed a declaration committing to "adopt, honor, and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals".

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California called it "a stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

They added: "The Paris Agreement calls for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and if Donald Trump's administration won't lead, our states must".

According to scientific research published in the wake of the U.S. leader's decision, the Earth may be affected by more risky levels of warming sooner after Trump's decision due to the fact that the United States is the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases contributing to rising temperatures and extreme weather.