200+ mayors, 10 governors counter Trump's exit from Paris Agreement

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She was referring to statistics that Trump cited in announcing the USA withdrawal and which are disputed by environmentalists, according to a report in the Washington Post. "That's the reason it put us at an economic disadvantage internationally". The only other two countries are war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, which opposed the deal because it didn't go far enough to control global warming. In his announcement on Thursday, Trump called the US the world leader of environmental protections, and said he would "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction" and that he wants to "make a deal that's fair". "We don't need India and France and China telling us what they think we should do", Indian-American Haley was quoted as saying by CBS News.

It will be interesting to see which states and organizations continue to join this new Climate Alliance as the month progresses.

"This Administration's increasingly defensive attempts to spin their disastrous decision to leave the Paris Agreement knows no bounds, no shame, and no respect for reality", Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement Sunday.

Days after President Trump announced that he would be pulling the US out of a global agreement to fight climate change, more than 1,200 business leaders, mayors, governors and college presidents have signaled their personal commitment to the goal of reducing emissions.

The letter was coordinated by a group of organizations including "The B Team", co-founded by Virgin's Richard Branson, and Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has already promised $15 million to fund climate change efforts at the United Nations. The jobs were not attainable as long as we lived under those regulations.

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Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace aggressively pushed back against the Trump administration's assertion that China and India were not seriously committed to reducing emissions, saying "the reality is different from what the president said".

"President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation", Haley said. Said John Kerry, former Secretary of State: "He's made us an environmental pariah in the world". We know that we have to be conscious of it. He then joked that it was as if he just said "Ebola, ISIS and that dentist who shot Cecil the lion are going to save the planet for us". China which has integrated its climate pledges in the Five-Year Plan is today better placed to honor its pledges than any other country.

Trump said his decision was based on "a reassertion of America's sovereignty", adding that he was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris. Everybody knows he isn't going to do that because he doesn't believe in it.

After almost four decades of economic reforms and gradual reintegration into the world from self-isolation during the Cultural Revolution, China in recent years has been actively expanding its influence globally and just reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change.

"We've done that in the past".

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