Paris Climate Accord reaction


Transcript: 06/01/2017: KOAA (NBC) … right now, local communities are touting their accomplishments.. and plans for the future when it comes to clean energy, despite the move by the president today to leave the paris climate agreement. before we get to that… reaction to his decision is pouring in from across the world… nbc’s blayne alexander reports president trump announced today – the u.s. will pull out of the paris climate accord – a global deal addressing climate change. it’s a move many – even in his own circle – did not want him to make. nbc’s blayne alexander has the story – from capitol hill — pkg — nats – protest – shame shame shame outside the white house – a bold message for president trump — after a controversial decision – to remove the u.s. from the paris climate accord – a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. sot: president trump no super :13-:20 “so we’re getting out but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that is fair but european leaders say- they will not re-negotiate. sot / emmanuel macron/ french president :24-:32 “we all share the same responsibly – make our planet great again !! former president barack obama — who negotiated that deal – said the remaining countries will benefit by staying in — and wanted america to lead that pack. sot: president trump no super :41-:48 “i was elected to represent the citizens of pittsburgh not paris.” the pittsburgh mayor fired back – saying the city will continue to follow paris agreement guidelines. many republicans say – the deal was bad for american business. sot: sen. mike lee r utah 1:01-1:07 “the american people elected donald trump to be their president and he made a decision today a decision i believe was right for them” but for opponents – it’s a grand misstep – signaling america’s loss of leadership on the world stage. sot/ john kerry, former secretary of state 1:14-1:18 “one of the most self-destructive moves i’ve ever seen by any president in my lifetime” tonight – paris city hall – bathed in green – a message the treaty will continue – with or without the us. so what is the paris agreement.” it’s a pledge, not a binding treaty. and it acknowledges global warming is a major threat to the entire world… and that humans are contributing to it. back in 2015… the united states, along with 195 other nations signed an accord… promising to cut green house gas emissions… by adapting to clean energy sources … it also pledges hundreds of billions of dollars over several decades to help under- developed countries lower their dependence on fossil fuels… …all to limit the rise in global temperatures… the overall goal is to first keep global temperatures from hitting two-degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels… and in the future… reduce emissions so much that that number is another half-degree lower… by the year 2020… each country is expected to start limiting green house gas emissions… as well submit a long term plan for more reductions down the road… and as far as helping underdeveloped countries… nations like the u-s are expecting to pull together a hundred billion dollars a year to help them transition away from fossil fuels. colorado ranks among the nation’s largest clean energy employers. in the latest numbers from the governor’s office… as of 2015, more than two thousand clean technology companies operate in colorado, supporting more than 62 thousand jobs in both rural and urban communities… and those jobs provide coloradans three-point-six billion dollars in wages. so how is the president’s decision impacting efforts to improve clean energy here closer to home? news five’s lena howland is taking a closer look in the studio essentially, colorado springs utilities says this decision will have no impact on the work that has been done and will be done in the future to promote clean energy. an area lined with wind turbines and solar panels — not planning on changing anything. :11 “skorman: this decision does not affect our commitment to really making us a greener, healthier, more renewable city and we’re going to do our best to do that”‘ as president donald trump pulls the united states out of the paris agreement on climate change — colorado springs city council president richard skorman says the city still has a responsibility. :14 “we aren’t going to take this as a signal that we have to stop the good work that we’re doing and we’re going to keep working on getting more renewable energy and get more conservation in place and do what we can to take charge locally” colorado springs utilities says today’s order won’t be changing any of their policies or future goals. :13 “trindad: the decision to exit the paris accord has no impact on our continued efforts to improve our communities air quality or increase our renewable energy mix” utilities is on track to decommission the coal fired drake power plant no later than 2035… already taking out the plant’s oldest and smallest generating unit at the end of last year… :13 “skorman: it’s not easy, we have to reconstruct a transmission system and it’s not going to happen overnight.” :10 “i think we’re all interested in our lifestyle here to support anything that helps us to keep mother nature happy and healthy” but uccs political science professor josh dunn says this idea was too big to begin with… :16 “the idea that everyone was actually going to remain committed to it, even through 2030 i think was far fetched and the idea that they’re going to remain committed to it throughout the 21st century i think faced even longer odds” and he says today’s order means he followed through with his campaign promises. :11 “in a way, donald trump is just doing forth rightly what other nations are going to try to do less explicitly, which is not abide by their pledges” governor hickenlooper says colorado’s commitment to clear air and clean energy will continue despite today’s decision… and the state is committed to pursuing cleaner energy at a lower cost. …