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North Korea: US leaving Paris agreement 'selfish,' 'silly'

19 June 2017

"Global warming is one of the gravest challenges the humankind is facing today and the Paris Agreement that called for nationally determined contribution to the reduction of (greenhouse gas) emission is the outcome of decades long efforts to mitigate it", said the statement.

"It is imperative that the world know that in the US, the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors, and businesses", the governor said. This makes the USA one of three countries outside of the pact that aims to slow Earth's temperature climb before it reaches two degrees Celsius higher than its preindustrial average. We think that the President's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement is profoundly unwise and shortsighted.

As the largest per capita carbon emitter and economy in the world, the USA must commit to climate action. Canadians know we need to take decisive and collective action to tackle the many harsh realities of our changing climate.

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We're glad to see our governor, Andrew Cuomo, lead NY to join with California and Washington in starting a coalition of states committed to upholding their part of the Paris pact. Ecosystem damage by climate change can have devastating effects on people as well, decreasing food supplies, diminishing coastal flood protection, and decreasing availability of new compounds for developing medicines.

Cooper signed an open letter supporting the Paris deal, joining more than 1,000 other public officials and business leaders, including the governors of California, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Hawaii, the Carolina Journal reported on June 6.

The Senators also emphasize that remaining in the Paris agreement will lead to continuous litigation regarding air regulations.

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Mayors of cities nationwide are also vowing to do whatever they can to reduce fossil-fuel emissions. Science is clear that we have a limited window to reduce emissions before impacts become irreversible.

"It's disappointing because it's really taking us backwards instead of moving us forward through time", she said.

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North Korea: US leaving Paris agreement 'selfish,' 'silly'