The Editors: Let's use civic engagement to address climate change

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 19, 2017

China is poised to pilot green financing reform in its latest effort to honor commitments on addressing climate change, as decided at the Wednesday executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang. Her long-standing focus is on the governance issues inherent in managing greenhouse gas emissions, domestically and internationally.

"Only about two and a half percent of that is generated in the state, and we don't have a lot of wind being generated in the state", he explains.

The resolution cites the public health, national security, economic and other threats of climate change. "This is clearly treason and all federal funds should be cut off from the secessionist governments of California, New York and Washington, who have unilaterally and completely illegally entered into a foreign treaty rejecting the president of the United States on the Paris Accord".

The one thing that is clear from the outset is that there is now more widespread commitment than ever to ensuring that the fight against climate change is fought fiercely by different nations and players across the globe. While this is a blow for the fight against climate change, recent history suggests that a new "G3" - the EU, China and India - can fill the vacuum in leadership, plus the private sector in the USA is already committed to renewable energy.

But Hawaii is far from alone in pushing back.

To meet the Paris goals, America must cut coal usage by another 40 percent from 2016 levels and other energy uses by 12 percent to 15 percent over the next eight years. The phrase, which the White House soon after looked to capitalise on in announcing a tour of the USA in honour of the sentiment, was quickly undercut by the mayor of that United States city.

The Council said in a statement that the Paris Agreement is fit for goal and can not be renegotiated.

Even though the USA goal would keep the average global temperature from increasing only by about 0.2 degrees Celsius, that would prevent a large climate change in all places across the globe.

Among the signatories were former Chilean President and former United Nations envoy for climate change Ricardo Lagos, Nobel Peace victor and former East Timor leader Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who also headed the U.N.'s development agency.

EARLIER this month, President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the historic Paris agreement on climate change even though his own administration was deeply divided on the decision.

The United States had committed to a reduction of greenhouse gasses by 2025 to 26 or 28 percent below the emission levels recorded in 2005.

These include new vehicle fuel-efficiency standards and the Clean Power Plan directed at coal-fired power plants. Mr Trump has sought to destroy many of those regulations on industry, saying that they hamper economic growth and put an undo burden on American energy providers and manufacturers. Pat Toomey, a Republican, supported the withdrawal, arguing it would hurt the state's economy and jobs.

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