Bloomberg says United States does not need Washington to fulfil Paris agreement

"We at Under Armour are disappointed by the Administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement as climate change continues to threaten our planet, our cities and our economies", Plank said.

They will also "call on all parties to uphold the Paris agreement" and "to strengthen efforts over time, in accordance with the goal and provisions of the agreement".

The president, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S.

In his speech announcing his rejection of the agreement, Trump described it as an attack on American sovereignty and criticized looser emissions targets for developing countries like China and India as unfair.

Others, including Russia, India and Mexico, quickly signaled their commitment to the accord, although a Kremlin aide said it would not be viable without U.S. participation.

The U.S.is the world's second-largest emitter of carbon, following only China.

Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 132 days, but over the last few weeks he has been causing a tidal wave of facepalms across the globe.

On his Facebook page, Leo wrote: 'Today, the future livability of our planet was threatened by President Trump's careless decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. The 195 forum participants agreed to avert a rise in the average global air temperature by more than 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100 compared to the preindustrial era.

While Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said he did not think Trump's decision would prompt Russia to rethink its own stance, the Kremlin suggested the withdrawal could be fatal to the pact.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also expressed interest in joining the new pact.

The governors of three states, California, Washington and NY, on Thursday announced the creation of an alliance aimed at connecting states "committed to taking aggressive action on climate change".

California is already working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, and Brown has cast himself as Trump's chief foil on climate policy.

They are hoping more governors will join them. Federiga Bindi, a former adviser to the Italian government and a senior fellow at JHU's Center for Transatlantic Relations, told the Huffington Post the move will make it harder for Trump to work with nations around the world on other, unrelated issues. At home, Brown is battling to reauthorize a cap-and-trade program that expires in 2020, a key piece of his political legacy.

Whether it's a stance for business innovation or a sincerely a concern for the health of people everywhere, more than likely both, Microsoft wants the public to know their stance is in favor of tackling climate change.

"The Paris agreement is irreversible and will be implemented because it is our responsibility", he said.

Hinging his decision on his election-winning "America First" politics, the President said the USA was being taken for a ride by all its partners, friends and foes.

  • Leroy Wright