Bloomberg says U.S. does not need Washington to fulfil Paris agreement

Portland, Ore. -based Keen believes the USA should be more invested in climate change, and not distance itself from efforts to fight it. He said the deal would have cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

"The president said yesterday (Thursday) that Paris represents a bad deal for this country", he told reporters at the White House. Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America's pollution contributes so much to rising temperatures.

Nicaragua and Syria are the only countries not party to the Paris accord; the former says it is not ambitious enough.

On Friday, Pruitt said Trump had made a "courageous" and "informed" decision and said he admired the president's "fortitude and leadership in this matter".

Clearly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders are hopeful that the states and cities will keep up the momentum for emission reductions in the United States. While researchers projected the U.S. will fail its climate goal, former Mayor Bloomberg said in a letter to the United Nations that he believes his coalition will help the USA achieve its reduction target.

The governors of California, New York and Washington, all Democrats, launched the coalition Thursday after Trump said he would withdraw the United States from the Paris accord, saying its terms are not fair and predicting major job losses because of the agreement.

Yet, the weight of the USA federal government will not be replaced by actions of governors and mayors, especially since 33 states are run by Republican governors and Republican-dominated legislatures that are reluctant to drive up energy costs to speed up a transition from fossil fuels. "I would say that there are climate exaggerators", he said. By abandoning the world's chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge after weeks of building up suspense over his decision.

That claim was attributed to research conducted by MIT, according to White House documents seen by Reuters.

To remain aligned with the Paris Agreement, cities will be focusing on expanding renewable energy sources for utilities, launching infrastructure projects that are more energy efficient and offering subsidies for customers buying electric cars and solar panels.

Meanwhile, President Macron restated his position that the Paris accord was "irreversible" and would be implemented. He is breaking from many of America's staunchest allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision. It also also took shots at the media for keeping Trump "under siege".

The U.S. never ratified Kyoto through the Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

Heurtel is trying to remain positive despite the American decision to leave the accord, noting he'd prefer the US leave the accord rather than staying in it and weakening it.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA had a "terrific record on reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions".

"It is time to put Youngstown, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - along with many, many other locations within our great country - before Paris, France", Trump said, in what was his second shout-out to Pittsburgh in a few minutes' time.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce points to a study by NERA Economic Consulting, which cites a $3 trillion hit to America's GDP and the loss of 6.5 million industrial jobs by 2040 if the U.S. were to make good on its promises under the Paris accord.

He said his own foundation will help coordinate the USA effort, which will be called America's Pledge, and it will help submit "nationally determined contributions" like other nations. For Americans and those in the world community looking for strong leadership on climate issues, this action is deeply discouraging.

The same elites who castigated Trump a year ago - Democrats, establishment Republicans and intellectuals, and some business leaders - quickly criticized his decision, no doubt only tightening support among his loyalists. Our future on this planet is now more at risk than ever before.

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