DemDaily: Betraying Paris and the Planet: Part Two (The Good Guys)

June 6, 2017
President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States - the world's largest producer of carbon emmissions and, until now, a global leader in the fight for climate change - from the Paris Climate Accord set off an unprecedented global reaction - even for this administration.

The list of objectors was so immediate and adverse - from world leaders, lawmakers, scientists and corporate CEOs, to religious organizations and environmentists, that we felt they were worth recognizing.

The goal of the landmark Paris Climate Accord, signed by 195 nations in 2015 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is to hold the planet's rising temperatures from carbon emissions to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, and to aspire to a 1.5-degree limit. It requires participating nations to put forward their best efforts on climate change as determined by each country.  

In an open letter to the President, 246 "US Climate Mayors," representing 56 million people, committed "to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals," ending with "The world cannot wait - and neither will we."

On June 1st, the same day as Trump's withdrawal, Governors Jerry Brown (California), Jay Inslee (Washington) and Andrew Cuomo (New York)
announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a group of state governments committed to upholding the objectives of the Paris Agreement within their borders.

To-date thirteen states have joined the non-partisan alliance, which also includes Republican Governors Charlie Baker (Massachusetts) and Phil Scott

National and international business and industry leaders also responded the same day with an open letter to the President in the Wall Street Journal.

The Companies included: Adobe, Apple, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Danfoss, Dignity Health, Facebook, Gap, Google, The Hartford, Hewlett Packard, Enterprise, Ingersoll Rand, Intel, Levi Strauss & Co, Mars, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, PG&E, Johnson Controls, National Grid, Royal DSM and Salesforce.

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, General Electric, Kellogg and Pepsi Co. among others, have also spoken out.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Inc. and SpaceX, and Robert Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, resigned from Trump advisory boards in protest, and America's top Diplomat in China, David Rank, also resigned.

Then there are the countless organizations like the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as individual Members of Congress who have condemened the decision.

A new Washington Post-ABC poll (June 2-4, sample 527, error margin %5) shows that,  by a 2-to-1 marginAmericans oppose Trump's decision, with a majority saying the move will "hurt US leadership in the world."

Former New York City Mayor and mulitmillionaire Michael Bloomberg has pledged $15 million toward America's financial commitment in the Paris climate accord, stating " Americans are not walking away from the Paris climate agreement."


US Climate Mayors Open Letter to Trump
Governor's United States Climate Alliance List
Corporations: Open Letter to the President


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Sources: Washington Post, NYT, Wikipedia, CBS

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