Bloomberg says US does not need Washington to fulfil Paris agreement

Gov. Charlie Baker and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, two of the four Republican governors in New England, announced late Friday afternoon that they would join a coalition of states committed to fulfilling the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement despite President Trump's decision this week to withdraw from the worldwide pact.

In 2015, 195 countries - all but Nicaragua and Syria - signed the Paris climate accord.

"I think Administrator Pruitt pointed out that what the President is focused on is making sure we have clean water, clean air and making sure we have the best deal for American workers", he said.

But he said that the poorest nations, from Afghanistan to Zambia, had no plans to quit the Paris Agreement. The group is still hashing out the details after an initial rush of statements from mayors condemning Trump's decision, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) said in a phone interview Thursday. "It's the most significant geopolitically". "The crisis in the US-EU relations has already become obvious", said Nikonov, who is an worldwide affairs expert.

To say that the climate accord "hamstrings" the U.S. while allowing India and China to increase their emissions is "baffling".

It's the governor's first trip back to China since he led a trade delegation in 2013 and comes after President Donald Trump's announcement Thursday that he will pull out of the Paris climate accord.

Climate scientist Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, took particular exception to Trump's comment, tweeting yesterday: "Donald Trump just lied to the world".

Mayor Bill Peduto on Friday issued an executive order regarding climate control initiatives in Pittsburgh, following President Donald Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord.

World leaders in several European countries including France, Germany, and Italy say re-negotiating is not possible.

"Pittsburgh and other cities know that fighting climate change will not only save our planet, but save lives", Peduto said in a statement.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt spent a press briefing Friday dodging questions about whether President Trump believes in climate change.

Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, called the Bloomberg Philanthropies financial commitment "crucial".