Vowing to keep the United States on track to meet its emissions-cutting target even without the USA government's support, more than a dozen governors representing almost 40 percent of the US economy by Tuesday, June 6, 2017, had pledged themselves to stay in the climate-change fight despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords last week.
In a speech that sounded much like Trump's campaign speeches sounding the theme of "America First", the president set up an "us vs. them" narrative, complaining of "harsh economic restrictions", and repeatedly portraying the Paris agreement as unfair to America, for decades one of the leading polluters on the Earth.
Following Trump's announcement, numerous states and cities across the United States vowed to continue honoring the goals of the Paris Agreement.
North Korea, a country not known for its efforts to make a better world, decried Trump's decision as the "height of egotism", state media reported.
Each of us has the power to protest Trump's failure to maintain America's leadership in moderating climate change, simply and effectively, by what we choose at the grocery store. "Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States".
The coalition continued: "In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors, representing a sizeable percentage of the USA economy, will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions".
NY and California are the only states in the country's top 10 list of carbon emitters to sign pledges.
So far signatories include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, 125 cities, nine states, 903 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities. Syria and Nicaragua are the only other countries in the world not participating in the ground-breaking 195-nation accord agreed upon in Paris in 2015.
President Obama faced a similar struggle when trying to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions limits during his administration.
Communist Party leaders pledged that greenhouse gas emissions will peak no later than 2030 under the Paris pact, and start to fall after then.
"There is momentum and France wants to seize it. President Trump's decision gives us the opportunity to accelerate these decisions and policies", a source at Macron's office said on Tuesday.
"The selfish act of the United States does not only have grave consequences for the worldwide efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well". "Trump can take some perverse credit for that".
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