U.S. mayors and governors defy Trump, will stick to Paris agreement anyway

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Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Sunday defended the USA exit from the Paris climate accord, saying it will benefit the country and create more jobs. "Just the opposite - we are forging ahead".

Bloomberg's charitable organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced Thursday that it would finance the U.S.' share of the administrative costs of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the mechanism required to keep the almost 200-member nation deal upright. The fund aims to help developing countries implement strategies to tackle the effects of climate change.

After the announcement, reporters tried to get a clear answer to the question of whether Trump believes that climate change is real, but they didn't have much luck: EPA head Scott Pruitt (who has questioned climate science himself) said that he and the president had never discussed the issue, as did Sean Spicer. He said: "With respect to the Paris accord, the focus is on the efficacy, the merits of the deal and the demerits of the deal".

Jon Mitchell, the Democrat mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts, said that several initiatives have always been underway in United States cities across the country. What matters is what steps you take to address Carbon dioxide reductions.

He also complained that China and India were getting favourable terms under the accord, saying New Delhi had made its participation contingent on receiving "billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid" from developed nations. The environmental left has a very short memory.

"The withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, when set against the backdrop of the earlier withdrawal from TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), further narrows the window for USA business and workers to participate in - and benefit from - some of the fastest growing markets in the world", said Livingston. He's not going to do that because he doesn't believe in it. He put America first.

Kerry had signed the climate agreement in 2016, though it was never ratified in the Senate.

The former vice-president and environmental campaigner Al Gore appeared across the political talk shows on Sunday. On CNN, he called the decision to pull out of the Paris deal "reckless" and "indefensible".

"I think it undermines our nation's standing in the world and isolates us and threatens to harm humanity's ability to solve this crisis in time", he said.