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Michael Bloomberg says US will hit its Paris goals regardless of what Trump wants

Michael Bloomberg says US will hit its Paris goals regardless of what Trump wantsThe former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged world leaders not to follow Donald Trump’s lead on climate change, and declared his own intention to stave off the “tragedy” that would be the collapse of the Paris climate deal.

This is reported by The Guardian.

Michael Bloomberg said this during an interview about his new book, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet.

Under the deal, the US pledged that by 2025 it would reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels, which would be a reduction of about 1.6bn tons.

The Trump White House is debating whether to abandon the pact, as the president promised during his campaign. This week, days before thousands of protesters around the US marched in support of scientific research, a meeting on the issue was abruptly canceled.

“Washington won’t determine the fate of our ability to meet our Paris commitment,” Bloomberg said. Ha also said he believed the US would hit its Paris goals regardless of what Trump chooses to do, because of leadership at the state level and market forces at play in the private sector.

“The fact is coal in Appalachia is running out,” he said, criticizing a Trump campaign pledge: “Washington can’t put generations of people back to work in a dying industry.”
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