On June 1, President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change, a UN treaty signed by nearly 200 nations in 2016 and considered a major achievement by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
The progress in cleaner air has come in part due to cleaner power plants and increased use of cleaner vehicles and engines, leading to fewer days of high ozone levels and lower levels of year-round particle pollution.
In May 2015, then Prime Minister Perry Christie told Parliament that with 80 per cent of The Bahamas' land mass within one metre of sea level, climate change was a growing threat. Thank you Mr. President!
We, the undersigned mayors, governors, attorneys general, college and university leaders and businesses are joining forces for the first time to declare that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Climate Accord is non-binding and each country pledges to set their own goals to reduce carbon emissions and combat effects of climate change, more than 180 mayors across the country pledged to honor the Paris Climate Accord.
Obama also did not have the authorization required by Congress to ship $1 billion in taxpayer dollars to the Green Climate Fund before leaving office.
The senator also said the pact would afford other countries the chance to increase their emissions, while the US would be made to decrease its own.
The pair met soon after the top US diplomat in China resigned, allegedly in protest of Trump's Paris decision.
On his official website, Carter asserted that the U.S.is "already a leader in reducing Carbon dioxide emissions", but that "the Paris Accord is not the solution to global climate challenges".
Trump also said he wants to renegotiate the agreement.
Of course, the real agenda of the Paris agreement is to further the United Nations scheme for statist control of the world's economy - control that would benefit Europe and China at the expense of the U.S.
In this respect, California - a progressive pioneer in clean energy since the 1980s, and home to almost 40 million people, more than most countries - is China's natural ally on the subject.
California and China are both investing heavily in wind energy.
From a geopolitical perspective, he said, "my personal take is that the American decision can be interpreted as a factor in the erosion of the moral and political leadership of the United States". It's increasingly looking like it's not America alone on the world stage - it's the President.