Time for a Chill Pill on Trump's Climate Action

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank on Friday criticized President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, months after the sports apparel company founder drew heavy criticism for praising his administration. Justin Trudeau had a personal conversation with Trump just hours after his announcement, expressing his own disappointment in the decision.

The Paris Agreement's central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise in this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"I look forward to working with [French President Emmanuel Macron] and [Paris] Mayor [Anne] Hidalgo to ensure that the Paris Agreement remains in full force".

But hang on, there is one poll that might give Mr Trump reason to think he's onto a victor: while Americans believe climate change is happening, many of them don't believe it will happen to them.

The White House reaction comes a day after Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and said the United States would renegotiate.

Meanwhile, Indian environmentalists asserted that the US' move was an opportunity for India to provide global leadership on the issue, as reported by PTI.

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The United States never even ratified the now-defunct Kyoto accord, the forerunner of the Paris agreement, because there was no political will in America to do so.

"Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing [on to] a statement of support that we will submit to the U.N.", Bloomberg said, "and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the USA made in Paris in 2015".

He hit back on Twitter when the White House tweeted Trump's Pittsburgh quote, saying that "it's now up to cities to lead" and follow the guidelines laid out in the Paris Agreement. The figure represents the US commitment to the climate agreement.

Later on, President Trump spoke to several world leaders on the phone to explain the rationale behind his decision to exit the Paris climate agreement, said the White House, without divulging the names of the leaders.

"I want the world to know that the USA will meet its Paris commitments and that through partnerships among cities, states and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process", Bloomberg said.

So why the hysteria now, since the Paris agreement, like Kyoto, places demands on the developed world, led by the USA, that it does not on the developing world, led by China? "We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore".

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