Trump said the USA could re-enter negotiations on the climate pact, but that idea was dismissed by the EU Commissioner for Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete, who said Friday that "the 29 articles of the Paris Agreement are not to be renegotiated, they are to be implemented".
"He is not helping the forgotten American. their kids will have worse asthma in the summer", Kerry said on MSNBC Thursday.
Trump formally announced his decision to leave the historic worldwide agreement Thursday after promising to take the action during last year's campaign.
With some USA cities and states immediately voicing support for the Paris deal following Trump's announcement, it is unlikely that the country as a whole will see zero implementation of the pact in real terms. As NPR has reported, "the only other countries not part of the agreement are Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua, which argued that the Paris accord did not go far enough to curb global emissions". The two wrote a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry saying that maintaining the commitment to the agreement and to US leadership on climate change will help protect future generations.
Since the election of Trump, Brown has described China as "the great hope" on climate change.
And while leaders around the world are expressing their dismay, China sees this as an opportunity to become a global leader on climate change.
Bloomberg, a United Nations climate change envoy, is openly defying Trump's decision - and he is not alone. The 195 forum participants agreed to avert a rise in the average global air temperature by more than 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100 compared to the preindustrial era.
"Canada has had more progressive policies on climate for a couple of decades than in the U.S.in general and a lot of the actions in Canada has come from the provinces as is also the case in the USA", said Sydney Ribaux.
The Democratic governors' new pact commits to that same goal, which requires a 26 to 28 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the us would pull out of the agreement, setting off a firestorm within the scientific community.