How Michael Bloomberg is defying Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords

"Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up - and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us", said Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who now serves as the U.N.'s special envoy on cities and climate change.

President Donald Trump's supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world's climate change pact as a "refreshing" stance for the US that would save jobs and unburden industry.

Seven Social Democratic ministers in her coalition government said the United States "is harming itself, we Europeans and all the people of the world".

"We are anxious that other countries might follow America's lead and leave the 2015 agreement", Environment Minister Koichi Yamamoto said on Friday. Jake Jacoby said the actual global impact of meeting targets under the Paris accord would be to curb rising temperatures by 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. 194 countries have agreed to limit their carbon emissions. The agreement is nonbinding and countries are allowed to adjust their plans depending on their domestic situation, with peer pressure from other countries being the primary motivating factor.

The decision left the U.S.as the only major country that won't be part of the 195-country global accord - and just one of three worldwide.

Baker and Scott last month urged Trump to continue the USA commitment to the climate agreement.

Oil giant ConocoPhillips added weight to that argument, stating that as part of the pact the US would have a hand in shaping the industry's global future.

Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations secretary-general who played a key role in forging the Paris accord, expressed his "deepest disappointment and concern" over the White House announcement.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk quit the president's economic advisory councils following Trump's decision.

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"President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement goes against the interests of Philadelphians".

"It is morally wrong and monumentally stupid", said Peters, who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

On top of that, the USA emissions reduction pledge was the absolute bare minimum we could possibly put on the table and was much weaker than most other rich countries. And presidents or chancellors of universities like Wesleyan and Emory are getting on board as well. "The President has been under siege from the mainstream media and the Democrats, especially now that he put American jobs first by withdrawing from the Paris Accord", the invitation reads, according to Politico.

Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, tweeted, "Backward and alone?"

While some energy companies, particularly coal companies, applauded the president, other company leaders expressed disappointment.

Davis also said withdrawing from the agreement would hurt the environment and economy.

German industry associations also criticized Trump's decision, warning that it would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions.

The elderly, the sick and the poor are particularly susceptible to the effects of climate change.

On the state level, Gov. He said California, New York and Washington are the initial members, with those states representing more than one-fifth of U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

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