Companies stay on White House panel despite climate jolt

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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.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty will remain on the council, the company said on Friday as it reaffirmed its support for the Paris accord. A letter on behalf of Apple, Google, Unilever and more, outlined the reasons why the US must remain committed to the climate agreement, arguing it will strengthen competitiveness, create jobs, and reduce business risks.

He said his own foundation will help coordinate the USA effort, which will be called America's Pledge, and it will help submit "nationally determined contributions" like other nations.

Brown is about to begin a trip to China to discuss emissions-reduction policies with other leaders and has promised to fill the void left by the Trump administration.

Gov. Bill Walker released a statement highlighting the effects of climate change across the state, but he stopped short of criticizing President Trump's decision.

Scott said Friday that Vermont also is joining the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris climate agreement, which was started by the Democratic governors of California, New York and Washington.

Referring to what he called "the latest unfortunate decisions of the new administration", Tusk said that the European Union and China had "demonstrated solidarity with future generations".

More than a dozen of the largest companies operating in the US banded together to urge Trump to stay in the pact.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's philanthropic group pledged $15 million Thursday to "fill the gap left by the United States government backing out of its commitments". "So whether you're in the confines of Paris or not, we need to continue to make the commitment as a country to address the impacts that we're seeing". "Tiny, tiny amount." But soon it emerged that Trump had picked up selective information to justify the rationale behind his decision.

Businesses too understand that tackling climate change is the right thing to do and it is good for their bottom line, she said.

In making his announcement Thursday, Trump said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

"It's now necessary to look forward after last night's announcement by the US administration", she said, adding that Europe's biggest economy will continue to meet its obligations under the 2015 Paris accord.

"We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency".

"There's an enormous traffic of CEOs at the highest level saying climate change is real, this is the wrong decision, we don't agree etc etc", said Robinson.

Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry cheered Trump's action.

"We stand ready to assist the Trump Administration in achieving the goal of protecting Americans, their communities, and their way of life", he said.