USA states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

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News about U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, a landmark global agreement to combat climate change, exploded in China.

Trump's June 1 speech outlined his conclusions about the trade-offs and data for evaluating them.

The thing is, the people of Pittsburgh are going green.

"That is a competitive distortion against which we can only protect ourselves by saying: Whoever wants to have access to our market - and the European market is the biggest market in the world - needs to respect the European standards", he added.

Supporters of the accord, including some leading American business figures, called Mr Trump's move a blow to worldwide efforts to tackle dangers for the planet posed by global warming.

"Other actors - political and economical and civil - have stood up, and thousands of promising initiatives are being taken".

Thus, Trump argued that the trade-offs come down against the agreement, while Trump critics argue that the trade-offs come down in favor of the accord.

Based on that estimate, the additional emissions caused by the United States failing to meet its Paris commitment would cause about US$100 billion ($141.2b) of damage to the global economy - not an insignificant number, but small in comparison to the size of the global economy.

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Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry have cheered Trump's action. And the average American is certainly not in a position to be able to carefully evaluate claims about the future impact of the accord on jobs, the budget, the climate and so forth.

The main damage will have been to U.S. leadership, in the clean energy industry and in the world at large.

"One of the main climate-related threats to the city of Hollywood and the entire South Florida region is sea level rise", Levy said. Probably - there's overwhelming evidence he's a brazen climate denier - but it'd be nice to get some clarification from the president or someone who can speak on his behalf. "And perhaps most important, new coal plants in the USA aren't economically feasible right now, due to lower costs of other forms of energy", Robertson said.

Still, all of these results suggest that Americans are, in essence, open to argument about the relative benefits of the Paris Agreement.

The World Meteorological Organization estimated that US withdrawal from the emissions-cutting accord could add 0.3 degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in a worst-case scenario.

This brings us back to politics.

The CEOs made a business case rather than simply an environmental or moral one, going beyond calls for American leadership or sustainability and laying out how exiting the accord would hurt their companies' competitiveness on the global stage and cost American jobs. "I'm very disappointed. I am angry", Japanese Environment Minister Koichi Yamamoto said yesterday, in an unusually frank tone.

Although to be maximally useful, it would demand a media that actually prioritized and cared about climate issues a lot more than it did in 2016. With regard to the least developed countries, many of which will be devastatingly impacted by climate change, China has expressed a willingness to provide financial and technical support, with certain conditions.