G20 communique exposes divide with US on climate policy

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Emmanuel Macron, France's new president, was so excited to see Trump again that he pushed his way to Trump's side at a photo shoot for the world leaders.

Douglas Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

What happens when a country's president goes one way and the rest of the nation goes another way?

"As Senators who have invested considerable time and energy to advancing United States action on climate change, we respectfully disagree with your decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement", they said. The United States announced that it will "immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution" to the Paris climate accord after Trump took America out of the agreement.

The U.S. withdrew from the agreement in June, and at the time Trump proposed renegotiating parts of the agreement. They're sending drugs, they're bringing crime, their rapists.

To be clear, this is what our president should do.

"There's still actually public finance for coal-fired power plants". This is vital work.

Since peaking in 2007, USA energy-related carbon emissions are down roughly 14 percent, while Germany, which sees itself as the world leader in climate change, had its carbon emissions fall 7 percent during the same period.

One thing is now perfectly clear: the USA is completely isolated from the world on climate change. Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently unveiled the first glimpse of Model 3.

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The new pledge will record and track those individual commitments and measure their cumulative effect on reducing emissions.

Much was made of Trump's standing alone outside the group on the issue of global warming. She added that she was "gratified to note the other 19 members of G-20 say the Paris agreement is irreversible".

The G20 groups the twenty wealthiest countries in the world, which among them account for 85 percent of global GDP, 75% of world trade, and 66% of the world's population. According to reports, some eighty per cent of our landmass is within one metre of sea levels which are already rising and thus coastal areas are prone to serious flooding and the resulting displacement of people and damage to infrastructure could be devastating. A decade ago, the U.S. Conference of Mayors drew up a forward-leaning climate-protection agreement that calls for sharp reductions in the unsafe carbon pollution that's driving climate change.

In effect, this is the framework that will make sure that pro-Paris states and cities stick to their carbon footprint-cutting pledges in line with the Paris accord.

The Prime Minister told MPs that the United Kingdom would "press" the USA president after his decision to pull out of the world's first comprehensive accord on tackling the issue. "Mayors have to respond to circumstances".

"This is an urgent matter we're facing".

About 1,650 businesses and investors are on board as well, ranging from Amazon and Walmart to Apple and Zipcar.

In November, Brown and Bloomberg, along with other US governors, mayors, and business leaders, will present the climate commitments of USA subnational and non-state actors at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany, and offer a set of best practices to help fellow signatories continue to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump is racing to take the country backwards, to anchor our future in the dirty fuels of the past.

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