EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

"President Trump can turn his back on the world, but the world cannot ignore the very real threat of climate change", New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, said in a statement Thursday.

In addition to these reactions on the social media, the heads of state for France, Germany and Italy issued an official statement making it clear that the clause of the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated.

Beijing's emphatic support for the Paris deal comes as the world's second-largest economy promotes itself as a champion of globalisation, capitalising on Trump's inward-looking stance on trade and foreign policy.

While several have made their allegiances today, the biggest low to Trump in particular was dealt by Elon Musk, head of Tesla, who kept his promise to withdraw from Trump's business panel should he withdraw from Paris.

However, some people think she should have been stronger in her criticism.

In 2015, there was a huge worldwide deal to do something about climate change.

"Americans will honour and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up - and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us", Bloomberg said. Trump name-dropped the city in his speech, stating: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".

To meet those goals, the mayors vowed to increase investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, to buy and create more demand for electric vehicles, and to build on efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create clean energy economies, and stand for environmental justice. "This will also make the world vulnerable to expected disasters within the coming 100 years", Birpinar added, calling on all the signatory countries to "take on the responsibility in order to prevent a catastrophe". Bill Peduto, the Democratic mayor of Pittsburgh, a city that symbolises the rise and fall of the USA coal and steel industries, said the city would proceed with plans made as Paris commitments. It will not be an easy task given that the United States is the second-biggest polluter.

Opinions were split over Trump's decision to remove the US from the pollution-reduction deal.

Mr Trump's decision prompted criticism from many U.S. business leaders, including clean tech entrepreneur and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk and Robert Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, who said they had resigned from the president's advisory council over the issue.

"The President made clear that the door remains open to future United States involvement in the Agreement".

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