United States mayors and governors defy Trump, will stick to Paris agreement anyway

Claudine Rigal
Juin 6, 2017

Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. are among dozens of companies that pledged their support for policies combating climate change following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. That's the discussion I had with the president.

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

"Yes or no: Does the president believe that climate change is real and a threat to the United States?" asked Mary Bruce of ABC News. While Mike Pence may be having a tough time understanding what's going on and even what climate change is, others across America are really beginning to step up.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible, and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies", the statement said.

Bloomberg, a billionaire climate advocate, also met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday to tell him the American people meant to uphold the pact.

Baker had said he was disappointed in Trump's decision and committed to promoting clean energy and reduced carbon emissions in MA, but demurred when asked earlier in the day about joining the coalition. The departure couldn't officially go into effect until November 2020, but Trump said he would cease implementation efforts immediately. "You shouldn't make a noise about this, but should create the conditions for joint work", he said.

"Canada has had more progressive policies on climate for a couple of decades than in the U.S.in general and a lot of the actions in Canada has come from the provinces as is also the case in the USA", said Sydney Ribaux.

And Pruitt doesn't seem concerned European leaders said they don't think the agreement can be renegotiated.

Former secretary of state John Kerry also released a statement, saying "I have been arguing and it absolutely bears repeating: the current Administration may have pulled out of Paris, but the American people are all-in".

In their latest video, the French also point out a White House line that some United States researchers say Trump twisted to support his own priorities.

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