Nicaragua to sign the Paris Agreement

Nicaragua to sign the Paris Agreement

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said at a United Nations meeting on Monday that the United States is standing by its plans to abandon the Paris climate pact unless there is a renegotiation more favorable to Washington, a step for which the global community has little appetite.

As the U.S. federal government fails to act on climate change, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined former Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow U.S. Climate Alliance co-chairs New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee today in New York to release a new report that shows Alliance states are on track to meet - and potentially exceed - their portion of America's Paris Agreement commitments.

President Donald Trump announced in June he would pull the US from the accord, despite global leaders urging him not to do it.

Hawaii and 13 other states are members of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bi-partisan coalition formed in response to the president's decision. Additionally, two states with Republican governors, MA and Vermont, are part of the alliance.

Another White House official said: "We are withdrawing from the Paris Agreement unless we can re-engage on terms more favorable to the United States".

Kerry and the governors took turns berating Trump's administration for its stances on climate change.

During the press conference, the attendees lambasted the president's choice to pull out of the agreement.

The Central American nation originally refused to sign the global deal to cut planet-warming emissions in protest of the agreement not doing enough to require historic emitters, such as the United States and European countries, to overhaul their energy systems and pay for poorer countries to do the same.

It's important to remember off the top in this story that Nicaragua was never a country who did not believe in the Paris Climate Agreement on its own, rather, simply that it did not go far enough and did not put enough pressure on rich Western nations. The Golden State has already established a cap-and-trade program with the Canadian province of Quebec, with Ontario set to join the burgeoning market.