Tillerson insists Trump is not turning back on climate change

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is charged with executing Trump's effort to expand drilling on federal land, told CNN he does not believe climate change is a hoax, but could not speak for the president. The push on climate change is now left to US companies, mayors, and governors, so people who want to do something need to find out where their elected officials stand and vote climate change deniers out of office.

In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change.

In the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Yale is considering joining a group of more than 80 universities that have pledged to meet the greenhouse gas emission targets laid out in the agreement, according to Vice President for Communications Eileen O'Connor.

That process is what gave Mr Trump the authority to withdraw from the deal, but the United States will still need to go through a formal four year withdrawal process as outlined in the agreement text.

When asked about the joint statement issued by France, Italy, and Germany stating the Paris accord was not open to being renegotiated, Mr Pruitt did not seem concerned.

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Eighty-seven United States mayors, who say they represent 40 million Americans, have also committed to uphold the Paris commitments, intensify efforts to meet climate goals and increase investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. "Do you know what the President believes?"

On Thursday, the governors of California, New York and Washington agreed to establish the US Climate Alliance, which would bring together states that support the Paris deal. This country is the world's second biggest carbon emitter behind China.

Italian Prime minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed their strongest commitment to swiftly implement the Paris accord and urged all the other partner countries "to spead up their action to combat climate change".

However, denying the importance of tackling climate change - and even its existence - will remain politically viable until more Americans demand climate action, and punish politicians who refuse to act, Konisky said.

The comedian blasted Trump's argument that the Accord would allow other nations to expand coal production while prohibiting the US from doing so. But most of the uncertainty arises from how the 194 other signatories of the Paris Agreement and the global economy will respond to Trump's decision.

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