Addressing climate change is an urgent issue

After over 250 USA mayors expressed their continued support for the Paris Agreement, states are also starting to take action.

Just how out of touch Trump's decision is can be seen by the company we now keep: Only Syria, Nicaragua - and now the USA - are not signed on to the climate accord.

"It's highly significant that the governor of California can meet with the president of China, talk about very specific issues, on the foremost challenge of our time, namely climate change, and commit to taking the kind of steps that are needed to further this process of energy transformation", Brown said.

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. Mayors in Anderson, Charleston and Columbia have signed their support, as well as University of SC president Harris Pastides, Furman president Elizabeth Davis and the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce. Another isn't, and another says they wish they knew more about such a pledge's local effects.

China, the largest user of carbon fuels and where many renewable energy components are built, is exempt from these targets but still eligible for the conversion money.

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On that note, perhaps it was only natural that the island state would be the most invested in staying with the Paris Climate Accord.

"The "America First Policy" advocated by Trump led to the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement". The president says that the accord, in which nations agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, burdens the US economy and goes against American interests. "When climate change is threatening our reefs and threatening our weather. then it's threatening our economy, too". The were responsible for almost a fifth of the US' carbon dioxide emissions in 2014.

David Ige aligns the state's goals with the Paris climate accord. "But, we are happy that India has declared its commitment to the Paris agreement", he said. Small businesses in the clean energy sector say they expect demand for their services to keep growing. The 2016 Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, said the decision by Trump to break the accord does not bode well for Americans. "We're not the only ones with filthy air; the five most-developed countries in the EU (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK) are all in breach of the recommended limits and have been given two months to take action". And we're all in when it comes to the Paris climate agreement.

Since those promised cuts were to be spread over 10 years, the damage may be even less if Trump turns out to be a one-term president.

  • Darren Santiago