USA swings from world leader on the environment to a tiny footnote

No interest in renegotiating Paris climate deal; McKenna

In an worldwide panel recently held in Berlin, all participant countries re-expressed their commitments to the Paris Agreement and described what steps they are already taking to reach their voluntary emission reduction goals.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined Chapin in signing the Climate Mayors open letter to the president. It's no wonder President Obama neglected to submit this detrimental agreement to the United States Senate. "Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver". He also cited a fund created by the accords that was being bankrolled by the U.S with little contribution from other countries.

"Everything else for us is excluded", he said.

This text is the G7's latest installment as part of the Paris Agreement, where 197 parties around the world signed on to determine what commitments they'd make in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.

The Paris Climate Accord (2015) arrived at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change set a goal of "well below 2 degrees C" for temperature rise and instituted a regime of financing of developing economies and provision of technical help to make the transition.

Over the course of just the past few weeks, the United States has gone from the world leader on fighting global warming to its biggest holdout. During Obama's tenure, U.S. carbon emissions decreased while the economy strengthened, and both GDP and employment increased.

President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Accords on climate change is an abdication of any claim by the United States to leadership on clean energy and environmental protection.

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"The European Union will not renegotiate the Paris agreement", he told the assembly's plenary session.

In addition to the expected passage of the council resolution, the county also joined the "We Are Still In" coalition of more than 1,000 USA states, cities, businesses and universities that plan to pursue the climate goals of the Paris agreement.

In fact, the final text doesn't say the Paris accord is the only tool for tackling climate change.

- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, complained that the treaty should have been ratified by the U.S. Senate, but instead of urging such ratification, argued - head-scratchingly - that abandoning the accord was "a solid first step in reasserting the role of the U.S. Constitution in worldwide affairs and domestic issues".

"They needed to hear why America was stepping away from the Paris accord, and they did", Perry said.

More than 200 mayors have adopted the Paris agreement since Trump's announcement. U.S. President Donald Trump's uneasy relationship with Europe and lukewarm stance on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have given the tentative push for more defence cooperation greater momentum.

The policy statement also calls for Florida, if she is elected governor in 2018, to ban fracking and oppose any expansions in off-shore oil drilling, and to invest in a clean-energy economy, starting with solar energy.

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