Three Democratic governors said Thursday they won't let the United States back away from a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite President Donald Trump decision to withdraw from an global pact.
It may be years, however, before the country can formally exit the deal, but Trump said he'll immediately halt implementation.
Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner of Climate Action & Energy, accused the United States of turning its back on efforts to save the planet.
The pact, which went into force in November 2016, is considered the world's most comprehensive plan to date for fighting climate change.
Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, said Redmond "has actively engaged the Trump Administration on the business case for remaining in the Paris Agreement" over the past few months.
President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the USA role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. It was the latest in a series of possibly questionable interactions between Trump associates and Russian officials during the presidential campaign and transition. And while the vast majority of American business voices support the Paris Agreement, a small opposition funded largely by polluters is intentionally spreading misinformation about the Paris Agreement - and should be called out for it. He said, "I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the US and for our planet".
Trump did little to quell those concerns Thursday.
When asked how long it will take for the United States government to pull out of the agreement according to the established protocols, Dujarric said he will not comment at this point on any legal issues. It's unclear when discussions between the three governors began, but they announced their new pact within an hour of Trump's announcement.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement "a major disappointment" and said it was "crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues", according to his spokesman.
President Emmanuel Macron said he respected Trump's decision, but characterized it as a "mistake".
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the group's vice president, said withdrawal from the agreement was "shortsighted" and called climate change a grave threat to coastal communities such as his, as well as the nation and the world.
Trump's controversial decision deals a blow to one of Obama's legacy accomplishments.
Britain's "Brexit" vote and Trump's "America first" rhetoric appear to have ironically brought the continental members of the European Union closer together.
Musk's decision came after Trump announced earlier Thursday that he was pulling the USA out of the historic worldwide agreement that set global goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. "Trump has isolated our country on the world stage, ceding our leadership position and our economic advantage on clean energy to India and China, and justifying it all by chanting a slogan from a baseball hat", Brune said. The accord was signed during a 2015 conference in the French capital and ratified by the United States one year later. The president declines to adopt the customary USA stance in favor of democracy and human rights, instead offering autocratic leaders such as Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Egypt's Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi his uncritical embrace.
"The rest of the world will question whether the United States can be trusted", said Gina McCarthy, who served as Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President Barack Obama.