They'll Always Have Paris: California, China Sign Climate Deals

Twelve states and a U.S. territory have now signed onto the U.S. Climate Alliance which was formed after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement reached by 195 countries past year.

The Washington Post-ABC News survey, taken from June 2-4, found only 28 percent of citizens support the decision.

"China is making a substantial contribution, as are other places in the world, and we are stepping up the effort", Brown said.

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed The Bahamas' concern regarding the announced withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

California has worked with China on environmental issues for years, from zero-emissions vehicles to air pollution control. During his current tour of China, and shortly before meeting with President Xi Jinping, he signed an agreement with China that would see the rising superpower and the Golden State work together on cutting their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over time.

A State Department spokesman confirmed Mr Rank's departure, but said she was unable to verify Twitter posts that said he resigned as he felt unable to deliver a formal notification to China of the U.S. decision last week to quit the agreement.

Brown has been highly critical of Trump's decision to abandon the agreement.

Trump quitting climate treaty 'very regrettable' - Angela Merkel
"Trump's decision is very bad news, but we have to move on with world's key actors, starting with India ", said the diplomat. The rejection of the agreement has of course been met with rebukes from other world leaders and climate change experts.


"The objective.is to support the participants in advancing innovation and development of, and investment in, low-carbon energy resources and clean technologies", the five-year agreement states.

Their conversation also took place on the first day of an worldwide clean energy forum in Beijing, where the Paris decision threatened to turn a mundane meeting of global energy ministers into a raucous debate about national sovereignty and renewed ambitions for an ailing planet. Energy leaders swap ideas at lengthy panels.

Trump's decision to scrap the Paris deal has left him isolated on the world stage and prompted a backlash at home, with several state governors, city mayors and powerful companies already drawing up plans to meet the pact's emission targets - without Washington's backing. China and the Obama administration negotiated the deal, and China has vowed to stay in it. More than 60% of its energy use is tied to fossil fuels.

In May 2015, then Prime Minister Perry Christie told Parliament that with 80 per cent of The Bahamas' land mass within one metre of sea level, climate change was a growing threat.

Obama also did not have the authorization required by Congress to ship $1 billion in taxpayer dollars to the Green Climate Fund before leaving office.

Since Thursday, commitments from cities, universities and businesses were happening so fast that organizers had to set up a website where they could sign up automatically, Perciasepe said.

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