If I watched Fox News "I wouldn't vote for me" Biden spotted getting his shoes shined at Denver airport MORE said Tuesday the country is in an "unusual time", telling a gathering of world leaders that it's "difficult to defend" the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords.
Obama and Emanuel, Obama's first chief of staff, are pressing ahead to combat climate change as President Donald Trump is dismantling Obama-era climate policies.
In lieu of the nation's withdrawal from an global 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.
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. The Paris accords set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures.
Some mayors have specifically agreed to commitments to expand public transportation and invest in natural climate solutions such as tree canopy and vegetation. The U.S. won't technically back out until 2020 because of legal technicalities. It was billed as a first-of-its-kind worldwide pledge that supports the principles of the Paris Climate Accord that U.S. President Donald Trump rejected in June.
The ceremony will celebrate mayors and cities undertaking the most ambitious and innovative projects to tackle climate change.
Emanuel said the current resident of the White House - not mentioning Trump by name - and his environmental officials are in denial on climate change despite facts.
While she braces for federal budget cuts, she says this could signal investment from elsewhere.