"We are committed to ensuring that we will do our best to address the issue related to climate change and global warming", Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan had said, hours after the USA had announced its withdrawal.
Trump said on Thursday that the landmark 2015 climate agreement threatened millions of jobs and productivity, and that he would start a multi-year process to withdraw from the deal, which has been signed by nearly every other nation on Earth.
By withdrawing, the United States joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to participate in the agreement, although it takes four full years to officially withdraw and a new president could reverse the decision before then.
Canada's recent foreign policy vision makes clear its policies are more aligned with Europe's than Trump's, but McKenna says she has more on her agenda for a discussion with Pruitt than just climate change. Now, fewer good-paying renewable energy jobs will be created, and the United States is forfeiting leadership to China, which is happy to become the world leader in renewable energy.
The Paris climate accord was developed and backed by 195 countries with joint goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change.
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The City has set a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 26-28 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050.
The university is also actively supporting Bethlehem's Climate Action Working Group, which aims to develop strategies to shrink the city's carbon footprint.
Before committee meetings this week, Clark said he spoke with some councilors who agreed to support the resolution with him and Filiault. The United States' commitment to the agreement signals to the world that this is a critical issue and that we all must play a role in reducing emissions and shifting to new energy sources.
"More than anything else, they are suffering from our ignorance and our indifference", he said. "We're gonna continue with the climate action plan".