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Cities, states and companies vow to stick to the Paris climate agreement

Cities, states and companies vow to stick to the Paris climate agreement

Announcing that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump misplaced the blame for what ails the coal industry and laid a shaky factual foundation for his decision.

"There is always a possibility for the country to participate either together with others or on an individual basis. It's a bad deal for America and as the president said so memorably yesterday, he was elected to represent Pittsburgh and not Paris".

In the hard-fought pact's own wording, a party may withdraw by giving written notification "any time after three years" of its entry into force - which was on November 4, 2016.

Pelosi said, "He lives in a fact-free zone".

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more".

There was a mix of dismay and anger across the world.

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Mr Trump also mentioned the other so-called Rust Belt cities of Youngstown, Ohio, whose Democratic mayor said "nothing about the USA withdrawal would seem to indicate any form of job creation" for his city, and Detroit, Michigan, whose mayor has not yet commented. Governors from Washington, New York and California said they each would launch a state-driven alliance adhering to the Paris deal.

Germany's powerful auto industry said Europe would need to reassess its environmental standards to remain competitive after the "regrettable" USA decision.

How strongly the U.S. pullout will impact future global temperatures is now being assessed by scientists, including those at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Talking points issued by the White House said, "According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible".

In Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron turned Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan on its head, saying in a rare English-language statement that it was time to "make the planet great again".

"Nobody can say climate change is not a concern", said Ravi Shankar Prasad, joint secretary with the climate change division at India's environment ministry.

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Mrs May continued that the Paris Agreement provides "the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses", a Downing Street spokesperson said.

Earlier, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "There is no reverse gear to energy transition".

"What is Russian Federation going to do about the Paris Agreement now?" The authors believe that withdrawing from Paris is the wrong approach.

While candidate Trump dubbed climate change a "hoax" and "bulls--", senior White House officials are mum about whether President Trump still thinks that.

In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "regret" at the decision, and called for a continuation of "climate policies which preserve our world".

On Thursday Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker said the company believes "climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities".

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