CCEEB President Secundy Issues Statement on White House Paris Climate Agreement Announcement

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Around 200 nations, including the US under President Barack Obama's administration, agreed to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as part of the deal.

Following President Donald Trump's announcement this afternoon that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron released a videotaped speech in response, criticizing his American counterpart for exiting the accord.

Trump's decision was also met with criticism from California Gov.

Throughout the USA, cities and states have already been at the forefront in the fight against climate change.

The countries also report each other and the public on how well they have been doing in achieving their targets and how they intend to deal with climate change in future.

"As the chair of C40, a network of 91 of the world's major cities committed to tackling climate change and as the mayor of Paris, I urge the USA administration to reconsider this short-sighted decision", according to a statement from Anne Hidalgo.

White House talking points obtained by The Associated Press said the Paris accord was "a BAD deal for Americans" and that the president's action would keep "his campaign promise to put American workers first". "Our company has already reduced greenhouse gas emissions over 40 percent below 2005 levels", said Stephanie Walton, a FirstEnergy spokeswoman.

He said the deal "hamstrings" America by giving foreign nations an "economic edge", adding, "that's not going to happen".

Although many people are left hanging on what effect withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement and re-negotiating it could have on the country, Delaware Sierra Club's Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Herron said Delawareans can still do their part to curb emissions, global warming and sea level rise in the First State.

"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created", Obama said in a statement per The Washington Post.

California Governor Jerry Brown called Trump's decision possibly "tragic" and a step "backwards" for the US.

"In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord", Trump said.