By: Agence France-Presse
President Donald Trump’s pullout from the Paris climate accord has triggered a bipartisan push from US mayors to stick to the emissions cuts Washington had pledged to hit, a US official mentioned Tuesday.
The mayor of southern US metropolis Atlanta, Kasim Reed, mentioned he needed to ship a sign of “optimism, passion and action” on combating climate change to mayors worldwide after Trump introduced the pullout this month.
“President Trump’s disappointing decision to withdraw from the agreement will actually have the opposite effect in terms of execution,” Reed informed a handful of mayors from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America assembly in Brussels.
“Right now you have a level of collaboration and focus and sharing of best practices that I haven’t seen,” he mentioned at a gathering chaired by prime EU and UN officers.
“What we did not have really was the level of cooperation, passion and intensity until we saw our president’s decision to withdraw,” Reed mentioned.
Trump prompted outrage when he withdrew the United States — one of many world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases — from the 2015 accord which is supposed to curb rising temperatures pushed by human exercise.
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Trump mentioned the pact, signed by practically 200 nations, hit the United States with “draconian financial and economic burdens” whereas opponents acquired off frivolously.
Reed attended a gathering in Miami on Saturday the place he mentioned greater than 300 US mayors from each the Democratic and Republican events all pledged to honour the commitments Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama signed onto in Paris.
“I can’t think of any major (US) city that is absent,” he mentioned including that this “is not a partisan issue”.
“I won’t go as far as to say we can reach the exact same goals as we could have with national leadership,” he informed AFP later.
But he mentioned cities can do sufficient to hold the ball rolling till the arrival of a brand new US president dedicated to the Paris settlement.
He cited consultants who argue that cities have the capability to obtain between 35 and 45 p.c of emissions reductions with out the involvement of national governments.
The Paris settlement requires preserving common international warming under two levels Celsius (three.6 levels Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial ranges, and at 1.5 C if potential.
Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission vp for power who co-chaired Tuesday’s assembly of mayors, mentioned momentum from cities and different gamers was “stronger than ever before” regardless of Trump’s determination.
Former New York mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, who will be a part of world mayors in Brussels later Tuesday, introduced a $200 million plan Monday aiming to back ingenious insurance policies in American cities.(AFP)