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Stefanik differs with Trump on Paris climate accord

08 November 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she sometimes despairs at the pace at which other countries are making changes to fight global warming and vowed that New Zealand would be a leader.

The action, which came on the first day possible under the accord's complex rules on withdrawal, begins a yearlong countdown to the United States exit and a concerted effort to preserve the Paris Agreement, under which almost 200 nations have pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and to help poor countries cope with the worst effects of an already warming planet.

The United States has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, a global agreement in which US President Donald Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had played instrumental roles.

A shift in diplomatic strategy worldwide has already begun.

Additionally, cities, states, and businesses across the USA pledged to continue to abide by the Paris Agreement standards and jointly work to reduce emissions despite the government's destructive agenda.

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The legislation, which was supported on both sides of the political divide, mandates that, in net terms, the country should produce no greenhouse gases - except methane - by the middle of the century, as part of New Zealand's bid to meet its Paris climate accord commitments.

A European tax on goods imported from the United States would be certain to exacerbate trade tensions with the Trump administration. However, Beijing's ability to deliver is still in question.

The US will continue to work with its global partners to enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change and prepare for and respond to natural disasters, Pompeo added.

China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, blamed for climate change.

The United States will continue to innovate, research, and improve its economy while reducing emissions and extending a helping hand to the partners of the United States around the globe.

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The letter details numerous potential impacts of a USA withdrawal, concluding: "The United States must preserve its commitments at home and overseas".

The sub-national "government pledges" are voluntary. "We urge you to protect the future of the American public, American businesses, and American security by upholding the USA commitment to the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC".

"President Trump has long asserted, whether he actually believes it or not, that Paris is some nefarious globalist plot to harm American competitiveness and empower countries like China and India, which are parties to the Paris Agreement", Leahy said.

The study, published this week in the journal PNAS, is the first to calculate the effects of projected post-Paris Agreement emissions on sea level rise.

Analysts attributed that to the absence of pressure from the United States and they warned that the Trump administration's antagonism toward climate action could dampen future ambitions. Meyer argued that "President Trump's decision to walk away from the Paris Agreement is irresponsible and shortsighted".

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Stefanik differs with Trump on Paris climate accord