Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Climate change: Obama regrets lack of United States leadership

Climate change: Obama regrets lack of United States leadership

He says 51 mayors will sign a charter and discuss solutions including expanding access to public transportation. Given the increasingly important role cities must play in driving climate action in the United States, the Awards will have a special focus on the leadership of US cities on the global stage.

The "Thanks, Obama" line drew laughs and applause from the audience. "We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far", Obama continued.

Obama talked about the lack of USA leadership on climate issues in Paris on Saturday. "A conveyor belt of some of the strongest hurricanes on record this summer smashed into Houston and Florida and Puerto Rico, and more than two months later, they are still struggling to recover".

The Chicago Climate Charter commits signatory cities from around the world to achieving the emissions reductions contained in the Paris Agreement on climate change reached in 2015, despite President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will leave the deal. "And that's a hard position to defend".

Obama told the told the mayors attending the summit that they are America's new front-line leaders on climate change. Working together, we can harness existing climate goals and create a regional roadmap for climate leadership.

The agreement requires the cities to track and publicly report city emissions, advocate for greater local authority and flexibility to take aggressive action on climate, and incorporate the realities of climate change and its impacts into local infrastructure and energy planning.

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On Tuesday, they will sign the Chicago Climate Charter, which aligns with the Paris climate accord, an agreement President Donald Trump's Administration pulled the USA out of earlier this year.

"Climate change can be solved by human action", he said.

Discussions will also devise concrete actions related to UNESCO's Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change which outlines globally-agreed ethical principles that should guide decision-making and policy-making at all levels and help mobilize people to address climate change. Trump has said the terms of the agreement should be more favourable to businesses and taxpayers.

Cities will have to be the chief drivers of national climate policies in the absence of leadership from the Trump administration, according to more than 50 mayors who met in Chicago Dec. 5 to sign a pledge to reduce their emissions.

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