Existing climate efforts expected to keep U.S. goals on track

07 June, 2017, 11:00 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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"I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack".

The goal of the California-China agreement is to "deepen cooperation on the development of green technology", the governor's office said in a press release.

The progress in cleaner air has come in part due to cleaner power plants and increased use of cleaner vehicles and engines, leading to fewer days of high ozone levels and lower levels of year-round particle pollution.

"Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump's mind, but nowhere else, " Mr. American business leaders are angry with Trump's decision. Thank you, President Trump.

These companies join an already sizable coalition of around 1,200 government officials, university leaders and other businesses both large and small that have pledged to honor the agreement. The United States, under President Barack Obama's ambitious climate change agenda, spearheaded the measure - but Trump controversially announced last week that he intends to withdraw from the accord, citing economic concerns.

Jerry Brown met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday, where the two leaders discussed their forward-looking agenda against climate change in light of President Donald Trump's new pledge to withdraw from an global pact. China and the Obama administration negotiated the deal, and China has vowed to stay in it.

Brown has been highly critical of Trump's decision to abandon the agreement.

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Anifa Kawooya, the vice chairperson of the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change (PFCC) describes Trump's action as "absurd". By abandoning this agreement, President Trump is showing the world that an American commitment can be reversed on a whim.

He said his administration would begin negotiations to reenter the Paris accord or another climate treaty "on terms that are fair" to the US.

Of course, the real agenda of the Paris agreement is to further the United Nations scheme for statist control of the world's economy - control that would benefit Europe and China at the expense of the U.S.

The move has also caused a rift with India, after Trump accused New Delhi of receiving "billions and billions and billions of dollars" in return for joining the Paris agreement.

This is China's first time hosting the Clean Energy Ministerial, which began amid the city's characteristic sheen of haze.

"China's economy is huge; their role in the world is huge, and they're going to be leaders in this space by orders of magnitude", said Jim Wunderman, CEO of the Bay Area Council, an advocacy group for the region's businesses, which helped host the ministerial past year and brought a delegation to Beijing during Brown's visit.

The decision was widely denounced by American politicians, pundits and leaders from around the world.

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