Monday, June 05, 2017 By Tim DeChristopher, Truthout | Op-Ed
Protesters demonstrate against Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, at the San Francisco Federal Building, June 2, 2017. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)
As we are barraged with constant bad news about climate science and climate politics at the national and global level, the US climate movement has really important opportunities to hold our ground and build momentum through local and state level actions. When Donald Trump announced last week that he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreements, 211 city mayors and 10 state governors immediately
responded by committing to upholding their end of the bargain. The speed of that response is a testament to the critical value of the local climate organizing that has already been done across the country. This opening for political leadership adds to the many ways that the struggle against global climate change is fought on local turf.
https://democracynow.org – As President Trump announced the United States will pull out of the Paris climate agreement, California’s state Senate has passed legislation to put the state on a path to 100 percent clean renewable energy by the year 2045. California Governor Jerry Brown is in China to lead a conference of states and other “subnational” actors making voluntary commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It is one of dozens of state and local governments committing to fight climate change, and as the state with the world’s sixth largest economy, California is often cited by analysts as a model for its ambitious environmental policy. Nearly 200 U.S. mayors have also signed on to an agreement to uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We are joined by Kevin de León, president pro tem of the California state Senate.
On today’s program, can clean tech clean up our future? Three experts with a vested interest in the clean tech game talk about what’s real and what’s hype in today’s green energy landscape. Joining the show are the founder of Clean Energy Works, Holmes Hummel, Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund, Danny Kennedy and Managing Partner of 1955 Capital, Andrew Chung.
And later, with the Trump administration cementing its position on major issues, much has been made of the partisan divide when it comes to climate change. But there are Republicans who accept the science and want to work on solutions. We welcome former South Carolina Congressman, Bob Inglis, research fellow from Stanford’s Hoover Institute, Jeremy Karl and former President of Shell Oil Company, John Hoffmeister.
At a time when the White House proposes to increase military spending by $54 billion while slashing funds for social programs at home and humanitarian aid abroad, we recall the warning of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that a nation spending more money on the military than on social uplift “is approaching spiritual death.” What role can religious communities play today in resisting war and militarism and working for social and economic justice?
David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies and the Peace Accords Matrix, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; Special Adviser for Policy Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Moderator and respondent
J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Secretary of Health Care and Social Services, Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
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Governor Jerry Brown talks about California’s aggressive climate action policy, the deals his state is considering with Canada, Mexico, and China, and why Donald Trump is wrong on the Paris climate accord.
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(24 May 2017) Senate Democrats will send a letter to President Donald Trump calling on him not to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said “withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement would be a historic misstep.”
Trump met early Wednesday with the Pope Francis, and the environment is one key area of difference. Pope Francis has made protection of the environment a keystone of his papacy, issuing a major encyclical on climate change. Trump’s administration, meanwhile, is reviewing policies related to climate change and the reduction of green gasses.
Trump has said he will make a decision on whether to opt out of the Paris Agreement on fighting global warming only after the Group of Seven summit of leading industrialized nations, leaving scant hope of a deal in Sicily that would give momentum to the G20 summit in Hamburg in July.
On Saturday June 3 2017, Pittsburghers from all walks of life rallied to let Donald Trump know that Pittsburgh stands by the Paris Climate Change Accords and does not support his decision to pull out of them.
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