As widely predicted, Trump announced Thursday that the USA would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, but was willing to negotiate a new deal, though few countries looked likely to respond positively to that proposal.
Mayors from major cities around the world say they remain committed to the Paris climate accord despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the deal. In fact, he added, Beijing is the one most in need of reform: "The key for world climate change is China".
In 2015 when the Paris Agreement was signed, 117 mayors pledged to participate in emission-reduction efforts and new reporting standards for climate-change data.
"Today, the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump's careless decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement", he wrote in a statement posted on his social media platforms.
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With Trump's action, the United States will walk away from almost every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century.
Before Trump announced his decision, giant companies like Apple, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla, Microsoft and IBM released a full page advertisement in New York Times and urged Trump to "keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change".
"To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland", he continued. "Let's not go backwards from the Paris Agreement", he said on Twitter.
"I was elected to represent citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", the president said.