Trudeau Team 'Disappointed' Over U.S. Exit From Paris Climate Accord

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The most bewildering part of President Donald Trump's speech on Thursday - and there were plenty of bewildering moments - was when, in a nationalistic fervor, he chose to blame the Midwest for his ridiculous decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

"We're living in it, we are operational", said Ray Toll, a retired US Navy captain who conducted a pilot project with former President Barack Obama's White House to examine the regional challenges presented by climate change.

Announcing his decision to withdraw from the Paris deal, Trump had alleged that India and China have been left accountable in the agreement.

His decision, announced on Thursday, triggered widespread worldwide condemnation. "If nations around the globe want to see to learn from us what we're doing to reduce our Carbon dioxide footprint, we're going to share that with them".

Scott said yesterday that Vermont also is joining the US Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris climate agreement, which was started by the Democratic governors of California, New York, and Washington.

Bloomberg has also urged USA cities, states and businesses to follow suit so that the country fulfils its commitments under the accord even though it has officially withdrawn from the pact.

Fortune quoted former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as saying, "Americans are not walking away from the Paris climate agreement".

"We are already halfway there and we can accelerate our process further even without any support from Washington", Bloomberg said.

Leave politics and platitudes about saving the planet aside, experts say, because the companies' positions on the Paris accord boil down to their business interests.

"The global economy is moving ever more towards a renewable energy future, and the massive economic opportunities this presents", he said. "He said so, in no uncertain terms - and you can agree or disagree with his reasoning". We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. The landmark agreement succeeded where past attempts failed because it allowed each country to set its own emission reduction targets and adopt its own strategies for reaching them.

The meeting will end with a joint statement pledging full implementation of the Paris deal, committing China and the European Union to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries reduce their emissions.

Can it all be renegotiated?

What happens to the United States now that it has withdrawn?

He said the U.S. would stop implementing measures to meet its commitments under the agreement to cut emissions by 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2025, and end funding for poor countries to cope with climate change. But countries like China and India are far behind the USA economically and can't match its ability to invest in clean technology.

"Yes or no: Does the president believe that climate change is real and a threat to the United States?" asked Mary Bruce of ABC News.

USA state and local leaders have also made it clear they're fighting the decision and will continue to fight climate change, with or without federal support.

What was agreed in Paris? "All climate change is local".

This accord spelled out voluntary commitments to reduce carbon emissions, with the long-range goal of preventing Earth from overheating to a point where it might not recover. It would seem pretty clear why Syria hasn't signed on to the agreement, given the current political turmoil, but why is Nicaragua so against it?

And each time, they didn't get the answer they were looking for.

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