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Trump's tangle with Europe leads the continent to find partners elsewhere

06 June 2017

In an open letter, the signatories vow to "continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement", even "in the absence of leadership from Washington". Trump could have declared the Paris Agreement a treaty, which would require the ratification in the Senate, where United States involvement would die a slow death at the hands of fossil fuel industry-financed politicians. On the equal shares principle, U.S. emissions should be no more than one-third of what they are today, and on the other principles, even less.

Led by former NY mayor Mike Bloomberg, almost 1,000 business and government leaders declared Monday their intent to honor the Paris climate accord, days after US President Donald Trump announced a US exit from the 190-plus nation pact. Many people spoke, representing organizations against climate change such as New Zealand Public Service Association, Green Peace, Oil Free Wellington, The Climate and Health Council, and Grant Robertson from the Labour Party.

In a briefing to media ahead of Tillerson's trip, Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Matthews said the US Government would be "economically active and very proactive" in the region.

"It is imperative to avoid undermining global agreements such as the Paris agreement, which is a global symbol of joint cooperation and has strengthened multilateralism".

The Paris agreement, which consists of individual greenhouse gas limits from almost 200 nations, is not designed for participation from parties other than national governments.

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During a visit last month to Saudia Arabia and Israel, Trump urged moderate Arab states and Israel to unite against the common foe of Iran.

So how about that new deal that Trump wants, Todd asked.

"President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation", Haley said.

Trump's trouble was reducing America's greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, as required.

"The regulations from the Paris agreement were disadvantaging our companies", she said, adding "I knew that as a governor".

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As many have noted, Trump's decision seems to have been based entirely on ideology - his need for "wins", his need to cater to his base's tribalism, his love of trolling. On Thursday, Mayor John A. McNally said: "Nothing about the USA withdrawal would seem to indicate any form of job creation for the city of Youngstown".

Keep America great, and help preserve the planet.

In recent days governors and almost 200 mayors - from small towns to megacities - have vowed to collectively reduce United States greenhouse gas emissions and adopt clean energy technologies.

"Over the past decade, the USA has led the world in emission reductions and our federal government had very little to do with it", said former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "I believe the U.S. should be at the front of the pack".

The decision was a reversal of the Obama administration's announcement past year that the USA would enter the agreement, and most of the rest of the world has also signed on.

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Instead he's only listening to what The Guardian (online June 2, 2017) termed the "Big Oil Darlings" who contribute heavily to political campaigns like his own.