Dozens of cities have said they are committed to the Paris climate accord, with at least 86 mayors signing a statement saying they will adopt and uphold the agreement's goals. "Countries worked hard for the agreement for years and many countries, including France, Germany and Italy, have already said that the agreement will not be renegotiated".
"I would refrain from judging President Trump right now because it was President Obama who made the decision [on joining the Paris Agreement - TASS], so maybe the new president believes it was not well-conceived, maybe he thinks there are not enough resources", Putin explained.
According to an article in the MIT Technology Review, Donald Trump and his team quoted figures from an earlier MIT study which was done a year before the Paris Climate Agreement was signed and therefore could not factor in the emission pledges of all the signatories to the accord. Indeed, leading military experts, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, have warned that the impact of climate change will lead to more refugee flows, more starvation, more conflict, and more terrorism.
The Cambridge, Massaschusetts-based research university published a study in April 2016 titled "How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?" showing that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by between 0.6 degree and 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100. He said he would consider re-entry if the US could get a better deal.
Either way, this really resonated with some people and groups including the Heritage Foundation, which maintains that the economic impact of "regulations associated with the Paris agreement" are "severe".
Mr Peduto then took the opportunity to get a dig in about the United States presidential election. 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.
Pomerants said that the European Union has issued a strong message in support of the Paris Agreement by confirming that is it ready to assume the role of global leader in matters related to climate change.
Heurtel is trying to remain positive despite the American decision to leave the accord, noting he'd prefer the USA leave the accord rather than staying in it and weakening it. Two post-election surveys conducted by the Yale Program for Climate Communication found that more than two-thirds (69%) of registered voters believed the US should honor the Paris climate agreement-including almost half of Trump voters (47 percent).