India hits back at Trump over climate change

India hits back at Trump over climate change

Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman says he supports President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Why has Trump's decision backfired so dramatically? "I am sure the US will rethink its decision", Singh said while addressing a conference in New Delhi. "Architects embrace the responsibility to design buildings and communities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; foster healthier environments; protect and enhance natural resources; provide clean air and water; protect people from the impacts of climate change; and create sustainable, equitable and healthy communities for everyone".

For those who have signed up, they joined mayors, governors and academics to declare that they will continue to support action meant to meet the requirements of the Paris Accord. "Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors".

The group also took aim at Trump, saying his decision "damages the world's ability to avoid the most unsafe and costly effects of climate change".

Opponents of the move say it threatens to isolate the United States in a global effort to curb the warming of the planet, and leaves an opening for countries like China to fill the leadership void.

"We remain steadfastly committed to the sustainability, carbon and energy goals that we have set as a company and to the Paris Agreement's ultimate success", Microsoft President Brad Smith said in the statement. The overall direction of travel worldwide in terms of decarbonisation and investment in renewables is clear, and it's now up to us and others to fill the vacuum left by the United States administration unless or until they realise that low-carbon is the future and dirty coal the past.

The letter was coordinated by a group of organizations including "The B Team", co-founded by Virgin's Richard Branson, and Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has already promised $15 million to fund climate change efforts at the United Nations.

The initiative is an attempt to coordinate the widespread backlash to Mr Trump's withdrawal from the landmark environmental agreement.