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Virginia joins other states in Paris climate goal alliance

Virginia joins other states in Paris climate goal alliance

He says the president's decision to withdraw the country from the agreement only strengthens the states' commitment and makes their work more important.

Jo Leinen, a German member of the European Parliament, said Europe and China have understood the potentials of a low emission economy for jobs and growth, and the two sides will strengthen cooperation on climate change.

As well as a world outcry, Trump's decision prompted a domestic backlash, with state governors, city mayors and powerful companies already drawing up plans to meet the Paris pact's greenhouse gas emission targets.

Former New York City Mayor and publisher Michael Bloomberg has pledged up to $15 million to cover America's financial commitment in the Paris climate accord, and insisted that the USA can meet its carbon-reduction goals without the cooperation of the federal government.

He said the deal offers the best global platform to address the causes of climate change and mitigate its effects.

The "We Are Still In" initiative represents $6.2 trillion of the United States economy - composed of bipartisan "drivers of the real economy", Lou Leonard, World Wildlife Fund's Senior Vice President of Climate Change and Energy, told The Independent.

Expressions of shock and regret poured in from around the world, including from Pacific islands at risk of being swallowed by rising seas, who accused Washington of "abandoning" them. But we can't sit there and have Angela Merkel telling us to worry about Africa.

Earlier on yesterday Baker - who didn't support Trump during last year's campaign and didn't vote for him - said he didn't think Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement was the right thing for the country or the world.

Trump offered no details about how, or when, a formal withdrawal would happen.

Trump on Friday acknowledged his decision was "controversial", but maintained it was "a big service to the American people".

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt said it was up to other nations whether they would sit down to negotiate a new deal or engage on environmental issues.

The letter was signed by companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo and more.

"Climate change is real".

"The signers all understand that the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness", they said in a statement.


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