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Four New England states join Paris climate goal alliance

04 June 2017

"President Trump's courageous decision to exit the Paris Accord recognizes that the United States is not legally bound to an Obama-era agreement that set unrealistic emissions targets at the expense of billions of American taxpayer dollars without the approval of Congress", said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who joined nine other states in urging Trump to leave the agreement. After all, we're the United States and we are leading with respect to Carbon dioxide reduction. "I don't think we're going to change our effort to reduce our emission in the future, either".

"We are opposed to the Trump administration's choice to withdraw from the Paris Agreement". The Paris Agreement is an worldwide agreement meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change.

U.S. think tank Climate Interactive predicts that if all nations fully achieve their Paris pledges, the average global surface temperature rise by 2100 will be 3.3°, or 3.6° without the US.

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China's pivot toward climate-change mitigation was economically pragmatic, observers say. "Are we actually going to change the way things are done?" The historic deal was hammered out over a period of weeks in December 2015 and went into effect on 4 November, 2016 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Countries that some assumed would oppose the deal, such as China and India, also pledged to make massive reductions to their policies to limit their overall emission levels. Trump peddled dozens of wildly disproved falsehoods in justifying exiting the agreement, which prompted swift backlash from the worldwide community; diplomats; Trump's own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson; and major usa companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Intel.

United States payments to the UN Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries cope with the effects of climate change, will stop. "That's what our focus has been over the last several weeks", Pruitt replied. Citing research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the president said that even total compliance from all the nations involved in the accord-which hopes to limit global warming to 2°C by 2100-would only produce a "two-tenths of 1°Creduction in global temperature by the year 2100". "Measuring with precision, from my perspective, the degree of human contribution is very challenging", Pruitt said.

"If our national government isn't willing to lead in this area", Scott said, "the states are prepared to step up".

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It is clear that whoever takes office in the United Kingdom on the 9th of June will be committed to tackling climate change. The group includes Syria and Nicaragua . "We will reach out and reciprocate with nations that seek to achieve that".

Although he wouldn't speak for President Trump, Pruitt did share his own opinions on climate change. "I can assure you that France will not give up the fight", he said.

Key challenges include who will take the leadership after the United States leaves the pact, and who will fill the gap in funding that the USA should have contributed to the Green Climate Fund, a mechanism to assist developing countries in climate adaptation, according to Wang.

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The $15 million would cover the USA share of the convention's operating budget, according to Bloomberg spokesperson Carl Pope. Under the Paris accord , the US sent some $1 billion to the Green Climate Fund that is guided by the U.N.