Climate change: Obama regrets lack of U.S. leadership

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Trump made a decision to pull the USA out of the Paris accord, considered to be the world's most important environmental pact because of its global reach and its long-term goals, arguing that it was "disadvantageous" for the country.

Montreal mayor Valérie Plante is in Chicago to attend a two-day North American climate summit, which kicked off Monday evening and wraps up Tuesday.

"Miami already floods on sunny days", Obama said. "There were skeptics who said these actions would kill jobs and depress growth".

Despite Trump's unwillingness to participate until the agreement is renegotiated, individual American companies - along with U.S. states and cities - have stepped up their commitment to the deal.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is one of three dozen mayors expected to sign a pact tomorrow vowing their cities will do their parts to meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

"But the good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own", Obama stated.

"And cities and states and businesses and universities and nonprofits have emerged as the new face of American leadership on climate change".

The Chicago agreement includes a committment to reducing carbon emissions, reporting and tracking city emissions, and developing city-specific climate programs and policies, among other pledges. "It was going to be up to all of us", Obama told the gathering of mayors from around the world who were there to sign the Chicago Climate Charter.

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Former US President Barack Obama has spoken of his frustration that America is pulling out of the 2015 climate accord.

Former President Barack Obama is expected to address a gathering of mayors from around the globe convening in Chicago to discuss climate change after President Donald Trump said the USA will pull out of the Paris climate accord. "We just hope the president of the United States wakes up" and recognizes the importance of addressing climate change. Nevertheless, in May 2017, Iran unveiled the National Strategic Plan on Climate Change, which outlines the role of every government sector in reducing Iran's carbon emissions and measures to mitigate the impacts of a warming planet on various sectors, including health and agriculture.

Obama did not mention President Trump by name, but urged officials in attendance to continue efforts to combat climate change, regardless of the current administration's position.

Nevertheless, Obama suggested tough environmental policies are not "job killing" as President Donald Trump argued during his roll-back of Obama-era regulations early this year. "But we're all in on the Paris protocols".

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