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Billionaire former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says he will write a $US4.5 million ($5.9 million) cheque to cover the United States' financial commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement for this year.
President Donald Trump last year pulled the US out of the pact, making the country the only one opposed to it.
In a CBS interview, Mr Bloomberg said he hoped Mr Trump would have changed his mind by next year.
Mr Bloomberg would continue to provide money for the pact if the United States did not re-join the agreement, according to a news release from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charity he founded.
"The US pledged to work with the rest of the world to fight climate change under the Paris Agreement, and that includes providing our fair share of the funding to help countries reach their goals," said a statement from Mr Bloomberg, who is also the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Action.
"Our foundation will uphold our promise to cover any cuts to UN climate funding by the Federal Government — and the American people will uphold our end of the Paris Agreement, with or without Washington."
Mr Bloomberg's contribution provides the UN Climate Change Secretariat with 60 per cent of the anticipated US Government support this year.
Mr Trump staunchly opposes the agreement and his administration has rolled back a number of environmental regulations.
Although Mr Trump officially told the UN that the US intended to withdraw from the climate agreement last year, the earliest date the US can completely withdraw is November 2020, the time of the next US presidential election and four years after the agreement came into effect.
Well, at least Mr. Bloomburg is willing to put his money where his beliefs are. Too few people willing to do that, these days.
Personally, after having studied the Agreement (or Accord) in detail, I think it's merely yet another scam. The USA at least is doing at least as much, proportionate to our population numbers and overall activities, as are other "first-world" countries to reduce our emission of pollutants, while retaining our own sovereignty.
Some people don't place much importance on sovereignty as we do, oh well.
And we're doing our pollution reduction because it makes good sense to so care for our world, plus in many cases we can make money by doing so.
I've been called that for my political leanings plus because I do competitive target shooting with a rifle. The term, when applied by our Democrats, seems to be a badge on honor where I live.
I have been a hunter all my life but cannot understand the policy(politics) of having military armament in civilian hands
Please don't forget that bolt-action rifles, break-action shotguns, even bows and arrows are ALL military-style weapons. Here in the USA, we do NOT use military armament in hunting - well, except when our law enforcement personnel are hunting dangerous criminals.
AR-10 and AR-15 rifles are NOT military weapons, though they are cosmetically similar.
What a supercilious answer !
Been a while.
I'll try to get into DC today.
Not supercilious at all. Merely factual.