Cook memo condemns Trump's withdrawal from climate pact


Environmental campaigners protested Friday against President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, while nations around the world pledged to double down on their efforts to curb global warming in response to the US move.

"We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change, which is why I am also signing an Executive Order confirming New York's leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet", Cuomo said.

Trump's decision to take the USA out of Paris Climate Agreement was in part to fulfill one of his campaign promises to the coal mining industry. Trump has said he wants to throw out several climate change regulations introduced during President Barack Obama's tenure, including the Climate Action Plan and Clean Power Plan.

Instead, Trump sided with conservatives and his pro-fossil-fuel energy policy.

He called the agreement a "massive redistribution of USA wealth to other countries" that "hamstrings" the us and "empowers" others.

On Friday, Trump's campaign announced there would be "Pittsburgh, not Paris" rally near the White House.

"It's not what China needs to do, it is not about what the United States has pushed China to do: quite the contrary, it's what China wants to do".

The Vatican said a U.S. pullout represented a "huge slap in the face" for the pope, and a "disaster for everyone".

Within the president's inner circle, advisers Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, and Gary Cohn reportedly supported the global agreement, as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

"It would once have been unthinkable that an worldwide agreement could prevent the United States from conducting its own domestic affairs", Trump said. However, it's CEO Ginni Rometty has decided against quitting Trump's business advisory council. From leading world leaders to influencers in the tech industry, all have rejected Trump's decision to "betray the planet".

The Paris Agreement, finalized in December 2015, includes nonbinding commitments for nations to reduce carbon emissions, for developed nations to fund climate mitigation measures in developing countries and to keep global temperatures from rising above 3.6 degrees above pre-industrial averages.

"Renewable energy has become so economically favorable that it now displaces coal in China, India and also in the U.S".

More worrisome than the long-term guesses could be the expected tariffs on US carbon emitters slapped on by other countries.

"Murray Energy has always supported complete withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.", Murray continued.

With record speed, Trump approved the construction of the KeystoneXL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline and blocked an Interior Department regulation that would severely restrict coal mining.

The Heinz Endowments' Breathe Project credits much of that to U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works and Shenango Coke Works, which both shuttered a year ago. Since meeting commitments in the accord is voluntary for each signatory nation, there would have been few consequences if the US had remained in the agreement but not met its commitments.



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