Cities Vow to Fill US Void on Climate Change

Obama to Speak as World Mayors Sign Chicago Climate Charter

Leaders elsewhere have taken similar action, despite Trump's announcement earlier this year that the US would pull out of the 2015 Paris agreement, which involves nations setting benchmarks to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases.

Montreal's mayor attended C40 Cities's "North American Climate Summit" in Chicago, Monday and Tuesday, where the climate change agreement was signed.

In Chicago, Emanuel says the city is already about 40% toward meeting its 2025 goals. But the cities' mayors need to do more to address the disproportionate health burdens in their low-income and minority communities impacted by climate change, activists say. In June, President Trump announced he was withdrawing the USA from the non-binding global agreement that aims to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. He only said that the current administration's decision was "difficult to defend". "We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far", Obama continued.

"The good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own". The agreement, modeled on the Paris agreement, commits individual cities to bringing down their carbon emissions.

He says 51 mayors will sign a charter and discuss solutions including expanding access to public transportation. "Cities and states and businesses and universities and nonprofits have emerged as the new face of American leadership on climate change".

Former US President Barack Obama has spoken of his frustration that America is pulling out of the 2015 climate accord.

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It was billed as a first-of-its-kind global pledge that supports the principles of the Paris Climate Accord that U.S. President Donald Trump rejected in June. "We just hope the president of the United States wakes up" and recognizes the importance of addressing climate change.

Without mentioning Trump by name, Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff to Obama, said Trump is in denial on climate change but shouldn't ignore science.

Nevertheless, Obama suggested tough environmental policies are not "job killing" as President Donald Trump argued during his roll-back of Obama-era regulations early this year.

Emanuel says the participating mayors are filling a leadership void created by Trump by signing a first-of-its-kind worldwide charter agreement aligned to the Paris climate agreement that commits their cities to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and outlines specific plans for meeting the carbon emission reduction targets by 2025.

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