US states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank on Friday criticized President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, months after the sports apparel company founder drew heavy criticism for praising his administration. Trump just voluntarily left something that would have cost nothing (besides a broken campaign promise) to stay in.

It's important to remember that the Paris agreement, as it now stands, won't stop global temperatures from rising.

Other prominent nations, including Russia, India and Mexico also quickly signaled their commitment to the accord, although a Kremlin aide said it would not be viable without USA participation. "The U.S. withdrawal means that we have lost a very strong supporter and partner of the Paris Agreement and the main goal of the agreement - to limit the increase in temperature to under two degrees - will be much more hard to achieve".

The text echoed remarks Trump delivered from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, in which he doubled down on the America-first ideology that helped to get him elected in an effort to justify his decision to exit the agreement forged among almost 200 nations. China, which has overtaken the United States to become the world's largest greenhouse-gas emitter, has said that it will continue to uphold its Paris pledge.

European leaders and green organisations have expressed anger and dismay over the US' latest "anti-climate" step. "What was said was said and so you have to think what to do next.Bad summer weather in Russian Federation is due to American imperialism", he said.

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Trump just voluntarily left something that would have cost nothing (besides a broken campaign promise) to stay in. The United States joins Syria , Nicaragua & Russia in deciding not to participate with world's Paris Agreement .

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His announcement triggered a furious backlash from global leaders, including the Chinese premier who said Beijing "will steadfastly" implement the Paris climate pact.

One World Trade Center, the Kosciuszko Bridge and New York City Hall also changed their spots in order to show their stance against the US President.

He also argued that the United States in the four years prior to the Paris accord had already reduced its carbon-dioxide "footprint" by 18 percent.

Trump appears unwilling to put himself in jeopardy with his base, because most conservatives either agree with his past climate change denial, or are not invested in the issue enough to object, said David Konisky, associate professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. That is well short of the country's Paris pledge to reduce emissions by 26% over the same period.