Atlanta mayoral candidates speak out on Paris accord withdrawal

Trump announced Thursday that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, a 2015 accord between almost every nation to reduce carbon emissions most scientists agree alter the planet's climate.

It even drew criticism from some Republicans, as small demonstrations erupted in NY and Washington.

Mr Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, said his administration would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

"Americans don't need Washington to meet our Paris commitments, and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way of fulfilling it", Bloomberg said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday.

"The United States has a terrific record on reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions".

The New York Times said that Bloomberg's unnamed group so far includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses.

The Democratic-led states of California, New York and Washington pledged separately after Trump's announcement to uphold the global accord's goals to reduce emissions and implement new programmes on cleaner energy use.

Trump ran on getting the US out of the deal, he won, and he is doing what he said he would do.

In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change.

"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.

The Justice Department will take the first legal steps in the "next several weeks" and the USA will immediately halt contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund, Pruitt said.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will fork over $15 million to help fund money that the United Nations will lose after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement.

In November 2014, the two leaders met in Beijing to announce they were committed to mitigating climate change and reaching a successful conclusion in Paris. While Webb considers himself a conservative on many issues, he said he is not a Trump supporter.

While the move withdraws the world's largest economy from commitments to fight global warming, it does not halt the march of U.S. businesses toward renewable energy or state and local government efforts. Numerous other countries haven't spent anything, and many of them will never pay one dime.

State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, applauded Baker for joining the alliance.

Eleven months later, Obama and Xi stood together again, this time in the White House Rose Garden - ironically the setting for Trump's announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

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