Pittsburgh mayor rejects Trump's climate change advances

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"As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I can not in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States, ' he said". The U.S.is now one of only three nations to reject the agreement.

However, prior to Mr Trump's announcement, China said it will work with the European Union to uphold the global agreement even if the U.S. withdrew.

He said India along with China would double their coal-fired power plants in the years to come, gaining a financial advantage over the US. OPEC and 10 other countries led by Russian Federation agreed last week to extend for nine months, to March, a production cut of 1.8 million barrels a day initially agreed on in November.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies", the statement read. US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday about the US decision to quit the agreement.

Justifying his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump hit out at India and China, saying both benefited most from the pact while the USA was treated unfairly.

Former President Barack Obama promised to cut greenhouse gasses 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and commit $3 billion in aid to poorer countries.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday asserted that climate change is "undeniable" as he strongly urged all governments across the world to "stay the course" and remain committed to implementing the ambitious deal.

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Trump's decision to back out of the Paris Climate Accord was met with animosity among several world leaders.

Trump said participation in the pact would undermine the USA economy, wipe out American jobs, weaken national sovereignty and put America at a disadvantage to other countries.

An analysis by the Climate Action Tracker, a consortium of researchers, suggests that climate-change policies instituted by Obama would have cut U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions by 10% below 2005 levels in 2025.

Jerry Brown (D), and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Thursday announced the formation of a coalition of states supporting the Paris agreement, called the United States Climate Alliance.

"We believe that abiding by the accord, without significant changes, would have substantially impacted the USA economy, increased electricity costs and required the power sector to rely on less diverse and more intermittent energy", it said. The US is the world's second biggest carbon emitter.

"That was done in the absence of the Paris agreement", Tillerson told the Associated Press, "I don't think we're going to change our effort to reduce our emission in the future, either".

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