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Gwen Vasquez
June 5, 2017

"I want the world to know that the USA will meet its Paris commitments and that through partnerships among cities, states and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process", Bloomberg said.

Staring with a $15 million donation to the United Nations to make up for the United States' abrupt withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Michael Bloomberg is gathering business leaders and politicians who told the New York.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D) pushed back on Twitter, writing, "As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future".

Standing alongside Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, EU Council President Donald Tusk said Friday that "We are convinced that yesterday's decision by the United States to leave the Paris agreement is a big mistake".

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

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith also chimed in, with Smith saying "we're disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement".

Ms May was the only European G7 leader not to sign her name to a joint statement condemning Mr Trump's decision.

Critics of the move include Travis Rieder, a Johns Hopkins bioethicist who was among five experts to analyze what the withdrawal means for the planet, US business, and the world's poor in an article published by The Conversation.

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"The Paris agreement is irreversible and will be implemented because it is our responsibility", he said.

Stanton said there is a symbolic aspect to mayors reiterating their commitment to acting on climate change as the White House withdraws from the deal.

"That was a policy decision", Tillerson told reporters.

France said it would work with usa states and cities - some of which have broken with Trump's decisions - to keep up the fight against climate change.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced a $1.5 billion investment in renewable energy projects on Friday in response to Trump's rejection of the climate agreement.

"To me it was just the right thing to do", Bell said.

"A rogue USA can cause more damage inside. than outside of the agreement", said Luke Kemp, a climate policy lecturer at the Australian National University.

"I believe in keeping one's word and doing everything possible to execute on our commitments", Plank said of the 2015 signing of the accord with the 194 member nations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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