The U.S.is the world's second largest greenhouse gas emitter and without it, the agreement's temperature goal could be unreachable, said Jessica Hellmann, director of the University's Institute on the Environment. The act rebels against President Donald Trump, who announced the USA was ditching the global agreement last Thursday.
Keyserling said the issue wasn't partisan and that City Council hasn't considered the petition.
The U.S. has the potential to be a world leader on climate action by embracing renewable energy, pursuing climate adaptation, and ensuring that our wildlife and communities are resilient in the face of this challenge. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. Mayors in Anderson, Charleston and Columbia have signed their support, as well as University of SC president Harris Pastides, Furman president Elizabeth Davis and the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce. The agreement also portends a society with much less energy overall, as fossil fuels now make up more than 80 percent of total energy consumed and can not be easily replaced. The decision sparked speculation on possible negative effects it may bring for America's global and economical stature and the environment.
Benjamin Habib, a North Korea expert at Australia's La Trobe University, wrote back in 2014 that North Korea's surprising compliance on climate change makes sense, as it is poorer countries that are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather conditions.
Fortunately, the reaction to Trump's announcement has been encouraging. More than 200 mayors across the country pledged the same. "We know that per unit of power new solar and wind power stations now offer electricity at cheaper rates than new coal power stations - no decision made in another capital should undermine our commitment to our nation's future wellbeing". Former President Barack Obama, who has remained mostly quiet through the Trump administrations, called the move an "absence of American leadership". We're all in when it comes to climate action.
"Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris agreement by leading from the bottom up - and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us", Bloomberg said.
"President Trump is keeping his word and getting America out of a bad deal", said Barrasso. We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. "I think the climate is going to survive this".