Bloomberg Urges American Cities To Move Forward In Fighting Climate Change No Matter What Mr. Trump Decided To Do

First Posted: Nov 24, 2016 03:20 AM EST

Fighting climate change continues in American cities no matter what President-elect Mr. Donald Trump will do, according to Mr. Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City. He made this statement in Washington at a talk hosted by the China General Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Mr. Bloomberg, a media tycoon known also for his advocacy on climate change, praised Xie Zhenua, China's climate envoy, for stating that China remained committed to tackling the issue of climate change. He said that it is a responsible thing to do for the Chinese people and the world. He added that he would advocate the mayors of 128 cities in the United States to fight climate change and join the Paris Agreement if Mr. Trump decided to withdraw the United States from it.

It is reported before, in the tweet of Mr. Trump in 2012. He wrote that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." Mr. Trump also became the spokesperson for fossil fuels, industries and acclaiming the virtues of coal during the election, according to Global Research.

Mr. Bloomberg said that he cannot tell people what Donald Trump's administration will do, and in all fairness, they will need time to figure it out themselves. He further said that what is stated on the campaign trail is one thing; carrying out a specific policy is another. He hopes that they will recognize the significance of the issue.

On the other hand, Mr. Bloomberg is confident that no matter what happens in Washington, no matter what regulations the next administration adopts or rescinds, no matter what laws the next Congress may pass, they will meet the pledges that the U.S. made in Paris. Mr. Bloomberg cited the reason as simple: Businesses, cities and citizens will continue lessening emissions because they have determined -- just as China has -- that doing so is in their own self-interest, as noted by New York Times.

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