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.
"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.
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.