U.S. billionaire Michael Bloomberg has offered $15 million to UN efforts to tackle climate change after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.
So far, pledges have largely come from cities and states: in the days since the president's announcement, 211 USA mayors have pledged to follow Paris Agreement standards for their cities and nine US governors have formed a "climate alliance" to coordinate statewide action. When pressed about Trump's beliefs, advisors Gary Cohn and Kellyanne Conway told journalists to "ask him".
The US president said the deal was not tough enough on China and India.
Minnesota has had a climate change strategy since the administration of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and Dayton said last week that the state will continue to pursue the plan, which has greenhouse gas reduction goals that exceed those in the Paris agreement. In his announcement on Thursday, Trump called the USA the world leader of environmental protections, and said he would "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction" and that he wants to "make a deal that's fair".
"Growing our economy and protecting our environment by supporting cleaner and more affordable energy and transportation choices can go together", Gov. Scott said.
"The US President's statement on Paris agreement has come as a shock for us and the global community". Bloomberg also plans to work with cities, states and businesses to set a collective emissions-cutting goal to submit to the United Nations as "America's Pledge" under the Paris accord. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., was created in an effort to uphold the commitments the country made during the Paris climate accord two years prior. According to the poll, 55 percent of people thought the decision would hurt USA leadership and 51 percent thought it would hurt worldwide efforts to address climate change.
Trump last week withdrew the USA, the second largest polluter after China, from the Paris Agreement. "We know that." Haley said. "I think the whole question is an effort to get it off the point, and the issue of whether Paris is good for this country or not", Pruitt responded.
"He believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation".