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Kerry, Gore blast Trump climate exit

Kerry, Gore blast Trump climate exit

John Oliver is not taking climate change lightly, and he's not letting President Donald Trump get away with withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement.

ExxonMobil, the nation's biggest oil company, along with BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Shell, have all come out arguing for the United States to stay in Paris. If a country chooses not to passively evade but to actively embrace it, climate change will be not just a global problem to request costly mitigation but also an economic opportunity to create millions of new jobs.

In fact, Mayor Bill Peduto on joined the mayors of some 187 other U.S. cities and the governors of several states in announcing that his city would follow the terms of the Paris treaty.

Trump appears unwilling to put himself in jeopardy with his base, because most conservatives either agree with his past climate change denial, or are not invested in the issue enough to object, said David Konisky, associate professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Trump, while talking about USA decision to pull out of the agreement, had accused India of seeking "billions and billions and billions" of dollars through the Paris deal.

Major cities have both the most to offer climate change programs and the most to lose if global warming is not abated; more than 90% of urban areas are coastal, and these are the places that can cut down on pollution by implementing green transit plans and capping emissions.




Developing nations agreed the 2015 Paris deal after the rich set a goal of raising climate finance from $100 billion a year from 2020 to help the poor limit greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to more heat waves, floods, storms and rising seas.

She added: "We can all weigh this out, but at the end of the day, watch what the president does".

"Having swayed people to move in that direction, to adopt a new treaty, now they simply want to cut their funding for climate change to nearly zero". "What the president did on Thursday was put America first, and say to the United States and say to the world that we're going to remain engaged. We will address the issue and move on", he said.

"Everybody knows he isn't going to do that because he doesn't believe in it", Kerry continued. "When Paris was executed by this country, they criticized the agreement, said that it did not hold China and India accountable". The environmental left has a very short memory. "We are not talking about a fictional apocalypse like the one in the movie 2012", said Oliver, "But a real global disaster, like the movie 2012".

"It undermines America's standing in the world", Gore said.


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