U.S. tech giants, government leaders, investors, universities and companies have agreed to fight global warming by reducing carbon emissions and honour The Paris Agreement on climate change, days after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the landmark deal.Apple, Google, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft are among the hundreds of businesses that declared their intention to continue working toward reducing carbon emissions.
The announcement by President Donald Trump that he intends to have the US federal government formally withdraw from the Paris Agreement, thus reversing the position of the Obama administration, has already received a volley of condemnation from many quarters both within the United States as well as internationally.
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While announcing his controversial decision, Trump said he was motivated by a campaign pledge to put American workers first. "While President Trump endangers our state, our country, and our planet, Governor Hogan refuses to take further action".
Trump criticized the Paris accord, backed by about 200 countries, as being unfair and harmful for USA industries.
California, New York, Virginia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Washington state, Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have signed pledges.
"The selfish act of the US does not only have grave consequences for the worldwide efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well", the North Korea statement continues.
The Coalition is made up of 170 jurisdictions on six continents committed to limiting the increase in global average temperature to below two degrees Celsius.
When the US actually completes to process of pulling out from the Paris agreement, which would take years, it would join Nicaragua - who thought the accord didn't go far enough in combating climate change - and Syria - who didn't want to be beholden to other governments - as the only holdouts. Pyongyang has been largely compliant with United Nations climate conventions, as North Korea is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Putting on his businessman's hat, Trump found the deal "very unfair" to the United States.
Hawaii is the first state in the USA that will legally enforce parts of the Paris Agreement.
The previous United States administration signed the 2015 non- binding accord under which countries have agreed to take voluntary action to meet targets for reducing carbon emissions.
Republicans are also prone to believe the president's move will result in economic benefits, with more than three-quarters saying that leaving the 200-member accord will help the economy and 73 percent saying it will create more jobs like those in the fossil fuel industry.
"I just kind of feel helpless about it", Dana Anderson, 54, of Mesa, Arizona, said about climate change.
An open letter published on the new coalition's website, wearestillin.com, declared that Mr. Trump's decision is "out of step with what is happening in the United States".
The ball has been taken up by the people and no head of state can take it back - not even President Trump!