Barack Obama Expected to Address Mayors' Summit on Climate Change

Barack Obama Expected to Address Mayors' Summit on Climate Change

Barack Obama Expected to Address Mayors' Summit on Climate Change

Former President Barack Obama has lamented the lack of United States leadership in the fight against climate change and without mentioning his successor Donald Trump, who has been dismantling his administration's environmental policies, he said that the country is in a position that is "difficult to defend".

"As we took these actions, we saw the USA economy grow consistently", Mr. Obama said.

The agreement lays out the framework for how some of the country's municipalities plan to reach goals to reduce greenhouse emission and monitor each others progress - objectives similar to what the Paris global climate pact strives to achieve.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a number of other mayors have signed onto the Chicago Climate Charter, committing to reduce emissions.

Portland joins a list of cities and states across the country that are acting in direct contrast - and even independence from - the Trump administration on federal matters like climate change.

Trump rejected the Paris Agreement (as it is also known) and so the mayors of North America are picking up the slack, doing what the President of the United States won't really do: curb climate change.

The Chicago Climate Charter represents cities around the world that want to "confront climate change head-on", said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement.

Chicago is pursuing policies that will require large buildings to track and disclose their energy consumption, put more electric cars in the city's fleet, power all municipal buildings with renewable energy, and expand the environmental protection unit within the city's Department of Public Health.

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Many big city American mayors pilloried Trump as being shortsighted. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said city residents (AKA taxpayer) will be the victims if action isn't taken. The president criticized the climate accord, which sets the goal of holding global warming below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, as an example of a deal " to the exclusive benefit of other countries". The mayor didn't say how, exactly, that will be achieved, reports JDM.

"Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it", said Obama, who noted that his administration's effort to deal with the issue "wasn't because of some ideological notions about the environment". The mayors signed a charter that echoes portions of the 2015 Paris agreement.

The former President said jokingly that he was "in the neighbourhood" and made a decision to drop by and he was applauded vigorously several times during his relatively brief remarks, in which he spoke about some of his administration's achievements in protecting the environment.

Between July and September, the U.S. GDP, a gauge of economic output, grew at three percent-continuing similar growth reported in the previous quarter.

Chicago officials are billing the North American Climate Summit Chicago as the first of its kind in the city. But the good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own. "Thanks, Obama", he said, as the audience burst into laughter and applause.

Chicago officials said the idea is to fill the void left by the actions of Trump, who has worked to reverse much of Obama's approach to foreign policy.

Other mayors attending include Valerie Plante of Montreal and Miguel Angel Mancera of Mexico City.

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