When President Donald Trump announced America's abandonment of the Paris climate deal yesterday, saying he was elected to represent "Pittsburgh, not Paris", several USA cities and states responded with a defiant counter-declaration: We're staying in. "But the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States", he said. Only two other countries - Syria and Nicaragua - did not sign the agreement in 2015.
"Everyone is impacted and if we do nothing our children will know a world of migrations, of wars of shortage, a unsafe world, it is not the future we want for ourselves, it is not the future we want for our children, it is not the future we want for our world".
Paris climate agreement deals with greenhouse gases that are a major contributor of pollution in the environment.
In his statement, he said the agreement put the American people and competitiveness at risk, for little or no meaningful environmental benefit.
"Climate change is real".
Musk wasn't the only Trump adviser to walk away after the announcement.
But they also pledged to defend the agreement and not to backtrack in the fight against climate change.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is not happy with President Trump.
On Thursday, China, which has the world's largest carbon footprint, reaffirmed its commitment to the deal.
The Trump administration has plenty of ties to Blankfein's bank.
Even before the announcement of the three-state pact, a group of 27 California state senators signed onto a letter urging Gov.
But a number of other business leaders derided it in forceful terms.
"Manufacturers support the spirit of the Paris Agreement and the effort to address climate change through a fair worldwide agreement".
That was rebuked by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Twitter, saying 80 percent of the city voted for Hillary Clinton for President.
The Democratic governors' new pact commits to that same goal, which requires a 26 to 28% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.
Trump during last year's presidential election campaign promised voters an American withdrawal.
"How can President Trump look in the eye the people most affected, including the world's poorest in the places most affected by climate change now, and those affected by increasingly frequent extreme weather in parts of the USA?"
Trump, tapping into the "America First" message he used when he was elected president past year, said the Paris accord would undermine the USA economy, cost U.S.jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to other countries such as China.