Most Americans want 'aggressive' action on climate change: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Most Americans want 'aggressive' action on climate change: Reuters/Ipsos poll

The Trump administration spent today defending the president's decision to withdraw from the global climate deal known as the Paris accord.

"All the discussions we've had for the last several weeks focused on one singular issue: Is Paris good or not for this country?" said Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, during a White House press briefing.

President Trump is certainly following through on his campaign promise to put America first. It is important to note that the U.S.is in the first sustained period where greenhouse gas emissions have decreased while economic growth has increased, largely the result of increased reliance on natural gas, improved vehicle fuel economy, state and regional GHG programs, and growth in renewable energy.

Cities and states throughout the United States are vowing to uphold the obligations of the Paris Climate Agreement despite President Trump's decision to withdraw.

This after the President announced the U.S. will withdraw from the 2015 pact.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state of NY was committed to complying with the Paris standards - which call for USA reduction of its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels - "regardless of (the capital city) Washington's irresponsible actions".

California is the nation's most populous state.

"The European leaders, why do they want us to stay in?"

Vermont senator Chris Pearson urged the the Green Mountain State to join in.

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Brian Webb, director of Climate Caretakers, a group that advocates for prayer as part of its approach to combating the effects of climate change, said Pence's claim was wrong. The governors of Vermont and CT also announced Friday that they would join the state climate alliance.

"The fight to do our share, to turn around the planet, and climate troubles, is not over".

While government funding remains vital, Espinosa said, "this kind of support is crucial for the work of the Secretariat to assist nations in their efforts to implement their commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement". (Report includes Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and list of mayoral signatory cities) "How Energy Technologies Are Reshaping America's Cities" is a mayoral survey (178 mayors) providing data on how new energy technologies are being deployed in us cities as part of the many ongoing efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"I just kind of feel helpless about it", Dana Anderson, 54, of Mesa, Arizona, said about climate change.

"If unchecked, New Orleans, like many coastal cities, will cease to exist". The U.S. can not immediately exit the Paris Agreement and several nations, including Germany, France, and Italy, announced in a joint statement that "that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated".

The United States never ratified a previous climate agreement, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, undercutting its credibility and power to effectively curtail carbon emissions.

"Americans don't need Washington to meet our Paris commitment and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way of fulfilling it".

"Looking ahead, we know that he will be looking to ensure a strong American economy, a competitive USA manufacturing sector, a reliable and resilient power grid, and a vibrant USA steel industry, while at the same time ensuring a clean and sustainable environment", Arch Coal said in a statement.