U.S. mayors and governors defy Trump, will stick to Paris agreement anyway

U.S. mayors and governors defy Trump, will stick to Paris agreement anyway

"President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation", Haley said.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg submitted a statement to the United Nations on Monday that over 1,000 USA governors, mayors, businesses, universities and others will continue to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement abandoned by President Donald Trump last week.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", the leaders of the three countries said in a rare joint statement. "They know it will continue to shackle our economy", said Pruitt, who serves as Trump's Environment Protection Agency administrator.

Earlier on yesterday Baker - who didn't support Trump during last year's campaign and didn't vote for him - said he didn't think Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement was the right thing for the country or the world.

Bloomberg said the administration's indication it would pull all money for United Nations climate change efforts would leave a gap in the Green Climate Fund.

"Indeed", Mr Durkan added, "we must all send a united message to Donald Trump that this is a pivotal time for our planet and that more needs to be done by his administration to tackle climate change and build a sustainable future".

McAuliffe has been highly critical of Trump's decision to leave the Paris agreement, and recently announced plans to regulate and cap carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in Virginia fired by fossil fuels.

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Trump on Thursday pulled the United States from the landmark 2015 agreement created to fight climate change, fulfilling a major campaign pledge despite entreaties from US allies and corporate leaders.

"Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement", he said in a statement.

Italian Prime minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed their strongest commitment to swiftly implement the Paris accord and urged all the other partner countries "to spead up their action to combat climate change".

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore". At one point he suggested a renegotiation could take place, an idea that was unceremoniously slapped down by partners.

White House officials acknowledged that under the deal, a formal withdrawal might not take place until after the 2020 election, and leaders will certainly push Trump to reconsider his decision in the meantime.

"I therefore vow to continue my support for TrĂ³caire's "Feel the Heat" campaign and others which have called on worldwide governments to agree to legally binding targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and address the unsafe effects of global warming".

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