The governors of those states, Jerry Brown, Andrew Cuomo, and Jay Inslee, respectively, released a statement on Thursday describing how the new alliance will build state-level partnerships to continue aggressive American action on climate change and uphold the goals and standards of the Paris Agreement. He said the country would have benefited from President Donald Trump's negotiating powers and a seat at the table. "As President, I can put no other consideration before the wellbeing of American citizens", he said.
The Paris Agreement of climate change, agreed on by nearly every country in the world in 2015 after lengthy negotiations, aims to tackle climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and sets a global target of keeping the rise in the average temperature no higher than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025, according to the National Economic Research Associates, he said. "A unsafe world. It is not a future we want for ourselves. This decision must not stand", he said.
"As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal", Iger said.
"I refuse to accept the premise that the United States or the world is better off when we refuse to lead or even join the struggle against this global threat", he said.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, described it as a irresponsible and short-sighted decision.
"At this moment, when climate change is already causing devastating harm around the world, we do not have the moral right to turn our backs on efforts to preserve this planet for future generations", said US Senator Bernie Sanders, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination past year.
"For the nations that committed themselves to that future, the Paris Agreement opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale", he said.
The federal government's role as climate leader, McKenna said, is "not inconsistent" with its support for pipelines and resource extraction projects.