"If the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks." the mayors said.
Representatives from environmental groups, climate change activists and trade unions flocked to the White House gates Thursday evening to condemn Trump's announcement on Thursday that he is pulling the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.
"The White House's reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet", Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.
"Ignoring reality and leaving the Paris agreement could go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders in our nation's history, isolating the US further after Trump's shockingly bad European trip", Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse added.
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Despite Washington's withdrawal from the agreement, Hua said: "We also stand ready to cooperate with the worldwide community members including the United States to push forward green, low-carbon development globally".
"Now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change, and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths", DiCaprio continued. The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States.
The decision to withdraw will put the United States in league with Nicaragua and Syria as the world's only non-participants in the treaty.
Trump has consistently called climate change a hoax and the Paris Climate Accord a deal to weaken the U.S. business and industry.
"Industry must now lead and not depend on government", Immelt said.