Denmark's PM forms a coalition against Trump's climate policy

Prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has taken an initiative with a view to maintain the big American cities within the framework of the Paris agreements, and it has been done without consulting the American president.

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Denmark is at the forefront of this major counter-offensive to president Donald Trumps policy on the climate agreements of Paris. Wednesday, the prime minister will publish a plan at the UN, committing 91 big cities around the world to comply with a number of goals, that is stipulated in the documents of Paris as well as the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Participating in Løkke Rasmussen's climate coalition are major American cities like Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago as well as cities in India and China. They have all signalled their unwillingness to leave the Paris Agreement like Donald Trump has done on behalf of the USA. And because of the American federal organisation the cities can to a large extent go it alone.

»The trans-Atlantic relation is not a rainbow ending at The White House. We have all realised that the president is not, after all, almighty. And we see a long list of states - like California and Texas - wanting to do something different on the climate issue,« says Løkke Rasmussen to the Berlingske newspaper.

Also participating in the initiative are countries like China, Chile, Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Kenya as well as 91 "Mega cities". The prime minister has been travelling extensively for the past year in order to advance the initiative, after the idea was first formed in coorporation with Mexico and South Korea through the so-called 3GF or Global Green Growth Forum.

»Trump is missing out on the American leadership, for this is also in the interest of the US since the air we breathe knows no border limits - like the climate changes at large,« says the prime minister.

Through this initiative, called P4G, the American cities are in open conflict with the federal authorities.

Translation: Lars Rosenkvist.