Republican governor joins coalition to uphold Paris climate agreement

A top European Union official says the EU and China believe that President Donald Trump made a mistake by pulling the United States out of a landmark global climate agreement.

"Donald Trump is really a representative of a world gone by, a world that is looking back in the rear-view mirror and does not see what is happening today", Hidalgo said. "We can not protect America's interests without a seat at the table, so San Diego will continue to lead on environmental protection".

Peduto said on Twitter, "As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future".

Numerous companies, cities, and even states have vowed to uphold the commitment to the Paris Accord despite the President's decision. It's unclear when discussions between the three governors began, but they announced their new pact within an hour of Trump's announcement. We will never waver, because we know that future generations depend on us.

Although he wouldn't speak for President Trump, Pruitt did share his own opinions on climate change. Federiga Bindi, a former adviser to the Italian government and a senior fellow at JHU's Center for Transatlantic Relations, told the Huffington Post the move will make it harder for Trump to work with nations around the world on other, unrelated issues.

To remain aligned with the Paris Agreement, cities will be focusing on expanding renewable energy sources for utilities, launching infrastructure projects that are more energy efficient, and offering subsidies for customers buying electric cars and solar panels. He questioned whether global warming is an "existential threat", but did say that "global warming is occurring, that human activity contributes to it, in some manner".

"The moment Trump announced his Paris pull-out marked the divorce of the US-China climate relationship and the beginning of a reinvigorated partnership between China and the European Union", said Li Shuo, climate policy adviser at Greenpeace East Asia.

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"With or without the federal government, the city of Lauderhill has been doing our part to alleviate the problems related to climate change and helping the environment", he said.

The Paris accord, signed by almost 200 countries in 2015, was meant to limit global warming to 2 degrees or less by 2100, mainly through country pledges to cut carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

The US is now the second largest carbon emitter in the world.

West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton said USA withdrawal from the Paris accord would build confidence in US mining and industry even if it wouldn't make major changes on the ground. Plus, if nothing else, it means we're talking about climate change again. Kiene urged the leaders to translate their words in to actions.

Somewhat bizarrely, Pruitt also said he did not discuss the threat of climate change with Trump when making the decision to pull out of the Paris agreement.

Many world leaders have condemned the withdrawal. We can all do our part, even if Trump has decided that the USA isn't going to do theirs.


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