During a trip to Europe this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed India's commitment to fighting climate change and said it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations.
In the wake of the announcement, Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk and Disney chief Robert Iger announced they would no longer take part in presidential business councils.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, who had said during a speech to students at Georgetown University in May that the business community "has kind of moved on in this debate", tweeted a similar refrain, calling upon business to lead the way on global climate standards.
The alliance will be "a coalition that will convene USA states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change". Now the world will fight back.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook was among a handful of influential executives urging President Trump to remain in the Paris climate accord. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on Twitter he was "deeply disappointed" by Trump's decision and "will double our efforts to fight climate change", while Microsoft's Brad Smith said in a statement that "we believe that climate change is an urgent issue that demands global action". California has been and is a leader in the fight against Climate Change and now is the ideal time to reassert its leadership position to continue to drive down greenhouse gas emission reductions while protecting citizens and jobs from undue cost pressures. "Withdrawal won't change our investment in renewable energy, and we will continue to advocate for the USA to engage". Much of the criticism came from corporate America, and CEOs from several major companies.
In announcing his pullout from a deal that failed to "put America first", the U.S. president on Thursday cited the northeastern city saying: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".More news: Zuckerberg finally bags that Harvard degree
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Several CEOs and business heads reportedly made last minute calls to the president, begging him to stay, to no avail.
Ever the showman, the 70-year-old Trump had given his decision a reality-TV-style tease, refusing to indicate his preference either way until his announcement. "I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain", Musk wrote.
"I am fighting every day for the great people of this country", Trump said from the White House Rose Garden.
Together, New York, California, and Washington represent approximately 68 million people - almost one-in-five Americans - and the states account for at least 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The other two are Syria and Nicaragua. "The last thing we need is another meaningless worldwide agreement where the U.S. makes all the sacrifices and carrying the cost of other nations, with little actual impact on the climate", he added.