Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.
The unnamed group — which, so far, includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses — is negotiating with the United Nations to have its submission accepted alongside contributions to the Paris climate deal by other nations.
“We’re going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed,” Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is coordinating the effort, said in an interview.
By redoubling their climate efforts, he said, cities, states and corporations could achieve, or even surpass, the pledge of the administration of former President Barack Obama to reduce America’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025, from their levels in 2005.
I'm interested to see how "conservatives," who are allegedly in favor of state and local rights versus federal control, try to spin this.
Trump is selling out the world to pander to the ignorant anti-science redneck wing of his base. Period. Even ExxonMobil and Conoco were against this reprehensible and idiotic decision.
Renewable energy is growing by leaps and bounds, FAR faster than the latest government (EIA) estimates as of 2012. There are twice as many jobs in solar alone as there are coal miner jobs in the USA. Looks like West Virginia et al will be left in the dust ... again.
This decision will hurt US competitiveness in the exploding global renewable energy market at a time we can least afford it. It's not only the Paris accord. How long will renewable subsidies last under this circus of morons and bloodsuckers? There is money to be made here for American businesses. It's not just manufacturing, it's also science - building more efficient solar panels and better wind turbines. Testing ideas such as floating solar farms (built-in cooling and prevents evaporation, which can be a desire effect) and solar thermal which can continue generating power after sunset.
A large portion of the money invested in renewables is already going to China. Do we want that? It will only increase: The Chinese government is slowly but surely divorcing itself from coal, as it subsidizes the $#|+ out of renewables and installs huge amounts of renewable capacity to meet increasing electricity demand. China already exports enormous numbers of PV panels. And other foreign companies like Vestas will grab more market share and jobs. Meanwhile the fossil fuel industry continues to be subsidized here. Unbelievable.
Trump ceded a potential for American leadership in a global market that will be booming for years to come - all because he needed something to point to as a "success" during his disastrous term so far.
1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ion-people
2. https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05 ... edictions/