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 US will pull out of the Paris climate accord.
Former President Barack Obama will speak to dozens of mayors and leaders from around the world Tuesday as they prepare to sign what's being called a "first-of-its-kind worldwide agreement on climate change" in Chicago.
In lieu of the nation's withdrawal from an worldwide agreement on climate change, 50 municipal leaders from around the country, including Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, signed a charter Tuesday committing their cities to emissions reductions.
In June, Trump announced the U.S' withdrawal from the historic global climate agreement reached in 2015, joining only two countries, Syria and Nicaragua, in rejecting the deal. His decision marked a major setback to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and placed the U.S.in opposition to the stance of some of the country's closest foreign allies. The Republican has said the terms of the agreement should be more favorable to businesses and taxpayers.
Earlier, Obama also discussed climate issues with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
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The charter calls for mayors to achieve a percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that's equal or more than outlined in the Paris agreement.
While she braces for federal budget cuts, she says this could signal investment from elsewhere.
Without mentioning Trump by name, Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff to Obama, said Trump is in denial on climate change, but shouldn't ignore science.
Some mayors have specifically agreed to commitments to expand public transportation and invest in natural climate solutions such as tree canopy and vegetation.
Mayors from 51 cities around the world attended the event.