UN chief: Climate action 'unstoppable,' nations should stay course

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Malloy said that CT is "a national leader in combatting climate change" and has no intention of slowing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump, she said, is "playing on a past generation and a lost industry, and we can't bring it back". As USA Today explains, the UNFCCC's fund is set up such that industrialized nations contribute more to efforts aimed at reducing carbon emissions in developing countries because such nations spew more pollutants into the atmosphere on a per capita basis than their poorer counterparts.

"New York, California, and Washington, representing over one-fifth of US gross domestic product, are committed to achieving the USA goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan", New York Gov.

Long a skeptic of climate change-calling it a "hoax" propagated by the Chinese to suppress United States manufacturing-this is the latest, and perhaps most significant, action taken by Trump under his "America First" doctrine, calling the agreement unfair to American workers and the economic impacts of "draconian". "Since climate change is a collective problem, that means that the slack must be made up some other way".

Development of a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the US had "a terrific record" of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions before the Paris agreement and that he doesn't think ongoing efforts in that area will stop now.

"Five years ago, the idea of either [China or India] stopping - or even slowing - coal use was considered an insurmountable hurdle, as coal-fired power plants were thought necessary to satisfy the energy demands of these nations".

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"We see the Paris Agreement and the low-carbon transition for what it is, the irreversible growth engine of our economies and the key to protecting our planet", he said.

White evangelicals overwhelmingly supported Trump, the Republican candidate in November's U.S. Presidential election.

Bloomberg and other groups also pledged to donate at least $15 million to the U.N. climate secretariat, which could lose funding if the United States withdraws. Schwarzenegger, who briefly hosted the "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show after Trump entered politics, said the President's positions on environmental issues could impact his presidential legacy. In an open letter this week, the mayors of 61 US cities promised to still meet commitments agreed to under the Paris deal. Twenty-five companies, including technology giants Apple, Facebook and Google, took out an advertisement in major newspapers on 1 June arguing that exiting the Paris accord would harm United States economic competitiveness. "This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change".

Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator, said the question never came up during deliberations over the agreement.

Yet as a climate scientist and a climate policy scholar, I know market forces and current policies are far from adequate to limit the rise in global temperatures, as envisioned in the Paris Agreement.

China has overtaken the U.S.in transitioning to renewable energy, generating a fifth of its electricity from renewable sources.

"Within the US, progressive states and businesses will continue, possibly even more so, to pursue the energy transition", he added.

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