"As 82 mayors representing 39 million Americans, we will adopt, honor and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement", says the statement on online publishing platform Medium. Cities that have signed onto the effort led by Bloomberg include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a business conference on Friday that China and the European Union recognised the need for global solutions and this was nowhere more important than full implementation of the Paris agreement. "Just the opposite-we are forging ahead".
Mayors from Durham, Chapel Hill and Charlotte are among 82 city and town leaders committing to upholding the Paris climate accord following President Donald Trump's announcement that he will withdraw usa participation.
Monier said that no one from the Trump administration contacted the group to provide an opportunity to discuss or explain their findings.
Paris, Berlin, Rome, London and Brussels have said they regret Trump's decision that they consider "an error" and even a "grave mistake". Current U.S. policies, including the Clean Power Plan, would result in a reduction of emissions by only 10 percent below 2005 levels by that time.
Scientists say every fraction of a degree change in average temperatures can lead to noticeable swings in local weather patterns, though exact consequences are hard to predict.
Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce and the VDMA engineering industry group warned that United States companies could gain short-term advantages by Mr Trump's decision.
"We will continue to honor the core commitments of the American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge, including reaching 100% renewable energy in all Nike owned or operated facilities around the world by 2025, participating in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge and advancing materials innovation globally".
"So we're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair. And if we can, that's great". Without U.S. leadership, achieving the voluntary targets agreed to by the 195 countries that signed the accord will be far more hard. 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.
It aims to reduce planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions and establishes a specific set of tools to help countries cut carbon gas discharges into the atmosphere.
"The President has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion", the statement reads. "We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change which is why I am also signing an Executive Order confirming New York's leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet".