Reports this week indicate that Beijing and Brussels have already agreed on measures to accelerate action on climate change, in line with Paris climate agreement. In New York, Cuomo announced he would use executive orders to ensure his state continues to abide by the Paris agreement.
Inslee previously has committed the state to ambitious climate goals, though he has failed to win approval in the Legislature for major environmental programs, such as a cap-and-trade system limiting carbon emissions.
President Trump, in his remarks Thursday afternoon, pointed out that China's emissions alone would totally wipe out the gains from all US carbon reductions through 2030, adding to his point about the economic burden that the Accords would have placed on the country. "And by strengthening global action over time, the Agreement reduces future climate damage to people and organizations around the world". The president said the us will go through negotiations to get Americans a better deal and possibly re-enter the Paris accord, but there are no guarantees. If the USA does leave, he said, the Europe Union should seek ways to balance out the economic advantage that US companies might have from the absence of climate regulations. Apple, Starbucks, Gap, Nike, Adidas, L'Oreal and Monsanto all voiced their support for the Paris deal.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO was a member of Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, which counts IBM CEO Ginni Rommety and GM CEO Mary Barra among its members.
Donald Trump has confirmed he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement.
There have been some misconceptions out there about the Paris Agreement so here are answers to some common questions about the climate deal and what happens next after today's announcement.
That's also true for Canada, which is imposing an added cost on our fossil fuel industries through Trudeau's national carbon pricing program, that the US, our largest trading partner, doesn't impose on American companies.
Trump's decision on the Paris deal comes as he and a Republican-controlled Congress are attempting to dismantle other key Obama achievements, including the Affordable Care Act.
Speaking of Obama, he slammed Trump's decision as making the US one of "a small handful of nations that reject the future".
Paris city hall meanwhile said it would illuminate its building in green on Thursday "in a sign of disapproval" of Trump's announcement and to recall the determination of cities around the world to fight climate change.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, also criticized Trump's intent to withdraw from the climate pact.
The group, the "Under2" coalition, which takes its name from the Paris accord's effort to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, has grown to 170 jurisdictions representing more than a third of the global economy over the past two years - including 10 states in the United States. "Withdrawing from the agreement would cause us to lose this influence", Reichert wrote.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said the move was not good for the US economy. It's a hoax. I mean, it's a money-making industry, OK?