SA Govt Asks Trump to Reconsider Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with his two-year-old granddaughter Isabelle Dobbs Higginson on his lap and United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon looking on signs the COP21 Climate Change Agreement on behalf of the United States during

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with his two-year-old granddaughter Isabelle Dobbs Higginson on his lap and United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon looking on signs the COP21 Climate Change Agreement on behalf of the United States during

We think that the President's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris agreement is profoundly unwise and shortsighted.

"This is the height of egotism and moral vacuum, seeking only their own well-being at the cost of the entire planet", the statement said.

Its continuous short-range ballistic missile tests in defiance to worldwide sanctions have also caused great concern around the wold, with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis warning that a potential war between the U.S. and North Korea would be "catastrophic".

"With the Trump Administration's inexcusable withdrawal from the Paris agreement, it is imperative that towns and cities take the lead on climate action", Lempert said in a statement this week.

"Global warming is one of the gravest challenges the humankind is facing today and the Paris Agreement that called for nationally determined contribution to the reduction of (greenhouse gas) emission is the outcome of decades long efforts to mitigate it", said the statement. "Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States".

Trump's declaration last week prompted a series of corresponding announcements of new climate alliances and efforts nationally by state leaders and others determined to keep up USA efforts overall against climate change.

"I think the US pledge was already in serious jeopardy based on a set of actions that the Trump Administration took over the last 130 plus days", he said. It is cheaper than coal, and will reduce emissions.

Polling results from Yale University's Climate Change in the American Mind survey conducted after the US election show that 73 per cent of Trump voters would like to see the USA use more renewable energy.

The Trump administration removed numerous references to climate change from the White House website in January.

"Countries around the world must seize the opportunity to unleash this potential, invest in renewable energy that eliminates harmful carbon pollution, and build economies that are more resilient, inclusive and prosperous". We're all in when it comes to climate action.

Lending Michigan voices to a state and city-based pushback, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) stands at the head of the effort, calling on the state to maintain the tenets of the Paris agreement, even if the nation does not. That's how we keep the promise of Paris alive.