Bucking Trump, these cities, states and companies commit to Paris Accord

Posted June 04, 2017

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw the us from the Paris Climate Agreement, leading numerous politicians and stars to criticize his latest decision.

That is, that Trump is judged by different standards than previous US presidents for doing the same things they've done.

"Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100", Trump said.

However, the Paris agreement was welcomed by numerous evangelical Christian groups, including the World Evangelical Alliance and the Lausanne Movement.

Later on, President Trump spoke to several world leaders on the phone to explain the rationale behind his decision to exit the Paris climate agreement, said the White House, without divulging the names of the leaders.

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According to a city news release, the agenda is in place to compliment and build off existing efforts and other local initiatives that are now underway.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged the world to work with Donald Trump on climate, insisting he did not "judge" the United States leader for quitting the landmark Paris accord.

So far, according to The New York Times, the governors of New York, Washington and California have signed on, as well as the mayors of 30 cities - including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh.

Nobody at the White House was able to say on Friday whether President Donald Trump believes in climate change. He criticized the pact as a job-killer that put the United States at an unfair advantage.

"That was done in the absence of the Paris agreement", Tillerson told the Associated Press, "I don't think we're going to change our effort to reduce our emission in the future, either".

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"We can not protect America's interest without a seat at the table, so San Diego will continue to lead on environmental protection", Faulconer tweeted.

A spokesperson for Starbucks, which in the past has partnered with environmental groups to promote climate action and has called climate change a "crisis" for coffee farmers and others, declined to comment on Trump's action.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's Front National party and a staunch Trump supporter, also condemned the decision.

Bloomberg Philanthropies said Friday it will pull together $15 million to "support the operations" of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change, the arm of the UN that coordinates the Paris pact.

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