Valérie Plante Is Undoing The Damage Done By Donald Trump

A Manhattan Beer Distributor Truck powered by natural gas in the Bronx in New York City

A Manhattan Beer Distributor Truck powered by natural gas in the Bronx in New York City

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, (center) with other mayors from the U.S., Mexico and Canada at the summit, says, "There is an absence of leadership out of Washington" on climate change.

Obama also refrained from criticizing Trump directly. Trump chose to pull the United States out of the Paris accord, considered to be the world's most important environmental pact because of its global reach and its long-term goals, arguing that it was "disadvantageous" for the country.

"We met resistance every step of the way", Obama initially said in talking about his administration's action in trying to cut carbon emissions as part of the Paris climate change agreement. The Paris accords set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures. The U.S. won't technically back out until 2020 because of legal technicalities.

The agreement will allow Chicago to build on programs it has already started, Chris Wheat, Chicago's chief sustainability officer, told Bloomberg Environment. Trump has said the terms of the agreement should be more favourable to businesses and taxpayers. It also calls for them to work with scientific and academic experts to find solutions.

Emanuel said the current resident of the White House - not mentioning Trump by name - and his environmental officials are in denial on climate change despite facts.

More than 50 mayors from cities large and small wrapped up a climate change summit in Chicago on Wednesday, at which they signed a formal agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their cities.

"Climate change can be solved by human action", he said.

Emanuel says the participating mayors are filling a leadership void created by Trump by signing a first-of-its-kind worldwide charter agreement aligned to the Paris climate agreement that commits their cities to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and outlines specific plans for meeting the carbon emission reduction targets by 2025.

Mayors from 51 cities including Paris, Mexico City, San Francisco and Phoenix attended the summit.

"We live in a time when everything is contested - and so often because of the splintering of our media, it is possible to only occupy a world in which the facts that come in conform to your pre-existing conceptions", he said.

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