Saturday, November 25, 2017

US cities, states defy Trump, still back Paris climate deal

RECOMMENDED READING


BONN, Germany (AP) — A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities said Saturday they are still committed to curbing global warming even as U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is walking away from the Paris climate accord.

But the alliance, which has an economy larger than Japan and Germany combined, says it won't be able to achieve the necessary cut in greenhouse gas emissions without some efforts at the federal level.

"It is important for the world to know, the American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement, but the American people are committed to its goals, and there is nothing Washington can do to stop us," former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a global climate meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California echoed those comments.

"In the United States, we have a federal system, and states have real power as do cities. And when cities and states combine together, and then join with powerful corporations, that's how we get stuff done," he said.

His speech was briefly interrupted by anti-coal and anti-fracking protesters, who held up banners and shouted "We're still in! Trump's still out!"

The group calling itself "America's Pledge" said states, cities and private groups have been taking considerable steps to reduce emissions by promoting renewable energy use and climate-friendly transportation systems.

"This is a pledge, and it's a pledge that you can cash, because it's real," Brown said. "We are doing real stuff in California."

In a report, however, the group said that "we cannot underscore strongly enough the critical nature of federal engagement to achieve the deep decarbonization goals the U.S. must undertake after 2025."

Daniel Firger, one of the report's contributors, said it was intended to show that many in the U.S. aren't prepared to wait for Trump to change his mind on climate change again or wait for the next administration to tackle the issue.

"The good news around Trump's announcement to withdraw is that it has galvanized a groundswell of bottom-up support from all corners of the U.S. economy," Firger told The Associated Press.

Cities, regions and businesses in other nations around the world could look to the group for inspiration and support, he said, noting that the lessons learned by local authorities and businesses in the U.S. could be applied elsewhere.

Also Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her weekly podcast that every country needs to pitch in to keep global temperatures from rising.

Merkel also said it's the responsibility of the industrial countries to develop environment-friendly technologies that are future-oriented, but "don't lead to a loss of jobs."

"We don't gain anything if steel mills, aluminum plants and copper mills leave our countries and go somewhere else where environmental regulations are less strict — because then we haven't made any gains for world climate," she said.

___

Jordans reported from Berlin. Kirsten Grieshaber contributed from Berlin.

Comments
Zimbabwe judge says military action against Mugabe was legal

Zimbabwe judge says military action against Mugabe was legal

Zimbabwe High Court judge says military action against Mugabe legal, Mnangagwa's firing wasn't
Updated: 5 minutes ago
The Latest: Egypt raises death toll in mosque attack to 305

The Latest: Egypt raises death toll in mosque attack to 305

Egypt's chief prosecutor raises death toll in Sinai mosque attack to 305, up from 235, says 128 wounded.
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Chinese police detain woman suspected of abusing children

Chinese police detain woman suspected of abusing children

Authorities in China say they have detained a woman suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten run by a U.S.-listed company in a case that has caused nationwide anger
Updated: 18 minutes ago

Man banned from Nobel Literature banquet amid sex claims

Shortly before the Nobel ceremonies, the Literature Prize awarding Swedish Academy has cut ties with a person after several institution members, wives and daughters have alleged sexual misconduct from the unnamed man
Updated: 19 minutes ago

Egypt's chief prosecutor raises death toll in Sinai mosque attack to 305, up from 235, says 128 wounded.

Egypt's chief prosecutor raises death toll in Sinai mosque attack to 305, up from 235, says 128 wounded.
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Chawrasia leads in Hong Kong by 1 stroke

Chawrasia leads in Hong Kong by 1 stroke

S.S.P. Chawrasia shot a 1-under 69 in the third round for a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open
Updated: 1 hour ago
Survivors offer horrific accounts of Egypt's mosque attack

Survivors offer horrific accounts of Egypt's mosque attack

Survivors offer horrific accounts of attack on Egyptian mosque in Sinai that killed 325 people
Updated: 1 hour ago

Police: Bomb kills 4, wounds 19 in southwest Pakistan

Pakistani police say bomb explodes in Quetta, killing at least four people and wounding 19 others
Updated: 2 hours ago
Shimonek rallies Texas Tech past Texas 27-23

Shimonek rallies Texas Tech past Texas 27-23

Nic Shimonek came off the bench in the fourth quarter to throw two touchdown passes and Texas Tech rallied to beat Texas 27-23 Friday night and earn a victory that could save coach Kliff Kingsbury's job
Updated: 2 hours ago

Friday's Scores

Friday's Scores
Updated: 2 hours ago