U.S. climate advocates have turned to businesses and cities to lead on climate action, following President Trump’s cancellation of a meeting to discuss the US stance on Paris Agreement on Tuesday.
The cancelled meeting between President Donald Trump and key advisors was to decide whether the United States should remain in the Paris Agreement on climate change or not. Since Trump was elected, uncertainty about the U.S. position has clouded international climate change cooperation.
President Trump was scheduled to meet on Tuesday with key advisors to discuss the U.S. stance on leaving or staying in the Paris Agreement – the international treaty that aims to reduce global carbon emissions and support climate change adaptation in developing countries. The President’s advisors who advocate leaving the Paris Agreement appear to have gained the upper hand in recent days, and climate action advocates are already looking to business and city leaders to take the reins.
Advocates say regardless of Trump’s decisions, they aren’t expecting to see climate leadership from the White House. Instead, they are working to build a new climate action coalition among businesses and sub-national leaders.
Last month, businesses including Apple, Google, DuPont and Shell wrote a letter to Trump urging him to maintain U.S. engagement with the Paris Agreement.
“If Trump does withdraw the U.S. from the treaty, businesses should expect to see even more pressure from citizens frustrated by the federal government’s backtracking”, said Heather Coleman, climate and energy director at Oxfam.