Pittsburgh to Trump: You don't speak for us on climate

Posted June 04, 2017

Public health advocates and healthcare providers have roundly criticized Trump's decision, saying the withdrawal from the agreement ignores growing evidence of the short- and long-term health effects of climate change. They've banded together in a loose coalition that intends to try and meet United States greenhouse gas emission targets set by the pact, despite official Washington policy.

Trump's climate reversal is the latest challenge he has presented to Tillerson, a newcomer himself to the world of diplomacy who is still working to establish his credibility as an advocate of American foreign policy.

Scientists blame man-made climate change for rising seas and increasing extreme weather. That, of course, made Trump sound hopelessly insane, and he avoided repeating the line during his presidential campaign. Probably - there's overwhelming evidence he's a brazen climate denier - but it'd be nice to get some clarification from the president or someone who can speak on his behalf. The U.S., the world's second largest emitter of carbon, would have been required to reduce fossil fuel emissions almost 30 percent by 2025. As many business leaders in the USA and overseas have articulated, the world is awash in opportunities for economic gain in this period of massive shifting of energy technologies.

"The agreement is a good one". This decision seems based entirely on the near-term savings from not reducing the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, while ignoring the long-term costs and associated risks.

One of the most vulnerable U.S. installations is the U.S. Naval Support Facility at the Diego Garcia atoll in the Indian Ocean, which acts as a logistics hub for U.S. forces in the Middle East and has an average elevation of four feet above sea level.

"What we want to do is to show concrete things that are going to reduce what we've been doing that's hurting and changing our environment", Bloomberg said.

Peduto held court with dozens of press outlets Thursday after Trump used the Steel City as an example for why the USA would withdraw, saying "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". Now, Exxon and others are gearing up to export more liquefied natural gas.

Additionally, as the government was trying to upgrade industry, it also wanted to export higher-end products and clean technology to other parts of Asia and Europe. He responded to the announcement by referencing The Terminator: "one man cannot destroy our progress, one man can't stop our clean energy revolution, one man can't go back in time".

James Zhan, senior director of investment and enterprise at UNCTAD, said Friday that USA policy had an important influence on the global pattern of FDI flows like crossborder corporate mergers and investment in start-up projects overseas.

The pace of anti-environmental actions by this administration so far is staggeringly fast. "He still sees a path forward on that and we're also going to continue to work with our friends and allies on our priorities: national security and the economy".

This sort of thinking could trickle down to the individual level of mayors and companies both in the USA and around the world, says Timmons Roberts, a professor of environmental studies at Brown University in Rhode Island. "I'm seeing a defiance and grim determination to do more".