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Climate decision could accelerate damage to Trump properties

When the world's largest oil and gas company falls in line to reduce climate change there is no turning back the clock, no matter what a USA president does.

Gov. Mark Dayton made the pledge along with the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Betsy Hodges and Chris Coleman.

The map below shows the states that have signed onto the alliance along with potential members (states whose governors have expressed support but haven't officially joined), and the 2014 carbon emissions from each state.

What is he talking about and what are the parameters of said agreement anyway?

"The Chinese leaders have sent the signal to the global community that China will continue to honor its worldwide commitments, and we will do it fully no matter how much change will take place in other countries", said Xie, the lead envoy. "The selfish act of the USA does not only have grave consequences for the global efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well". Nicaragua isn't part of the accord because it does not believe it goes far enough to fight against climate change. And rural communities in the US will be left behind, again.

Countries that pledge to be green could move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, said Gabriel Chan, assistant professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Conversely, in states that favored Trump in the 2016 election, even clean energy is big business. He said Fargo is looking into ways to become more energy efficient, and expressed support for higher-efficiency, environmentally friendly measures in the city - like better landfill methane-capture technology and a continued dedication to sharing large-scale utility resources with nearby communities, decreasing the need for more utility projects. "Instead ... the ones that really lead the way are going to be the most successful in this new economy".

Trump said the agreement was bad for the US economy.

Suffice it to say, Hawaii is taking its environmentalist policies very seriously.

"I will continue to do what I can in Congress to push back against the misguided and unsafe policies of this Administration", Schiff said, "and I look forward to working with both my colleagues in Congress and those in California to ensure that we protect our planet for future generations".

However, a non-binding agreement without any enforcement provisions-a description that includes the Paris accord-may fall outside that statute.

We have much we could say about how the decision has grievously injured our country's global leadership and opened the door for China to fill the void both diplomatically and in the clean-energy economy. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement it was "a devastating failure of historic proportion". She is touring Central and South America ahead of next month's G20 meeting in Germany, and is trying to bring the other 19 countries on side on climate change. We can still achieve the promise of Paris, but we have no time to lose.



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