Pruitt, Spicer dodge questions on Trump's personal views on climate change

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He said cities across the world are working in solidarity to curb climate change.

The governors of three states, California, Washington and NY, on Thursday announced the creation of an alliance aimed at connecting states "committed to taking aggressive action on climate change".

"And if we can, that's great", he said from Rose Garden at the White House.

Bloomberg is a special United Nations envoy for mayors and local leaders seeking to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.

Pruitt tried to prove his point by quoting an April 29 column in The New York Times where author Bret Stephens questioned scientific studies that seemed to show humans contributed to climate change. That would be a "heavy lift" Brown said, but "I am going to discuss that with the highest officials in China this week".

"We at Under Armour are disappointed by the Administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement as climate change continues to threaten our planet, our cities and our economies", Plank said.

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During Friday's press conference, the Sierra Club tweeted it fully supports the Paris agreement and added, "Scott Pruitt is a liar".

"Despite today's announcement, MA is aggressively working to exceed the goals of the Paris agreement on the state level, while growing our economy through clean energy innovation and environmental stewardship", he said in a statement.

"I deeply disagree with the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement".

According to a report in the New York Times, a group of mayors, governors, companies and university presidents are planning to submit a plan to the United Nations that would outline how they would meet greenhouse gas emission targets as stipulated by the deal.

Prominent human rights advocate Mary Robinson, who was also the first female president of Ireland, was appointed as the U.N.'s special envoy for climate change in 2014. "Pittsburgh will not only heed the guidelines of the Paris agreement, we will work to move towards 100 percent clean and renewable energy for our future, our economy, and our people".

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday defended his boss's controversial decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord and blasted the "left" for taking up global warming - scientifically proven to be the result of manmade carbon emissions - as a political issue.

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